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Cauvery dispute: All you need to know

In its latest development, the Supreme Court has asked the Karnataka government to release 4 TMC water for Tamil Nadu

 
By DTE Staff
Last Updated: Thursday 03 May 2018
The Cauvery waters have been under dispute between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu for 142 years. Credit: R K Srinivasan
The Cauvery waters have been under dispute between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu for 142 years. Credit: R K Srinivasan The Cauvery waters have been under dispute between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu for 142 years. Credit: R K Srinivasan

After pulling up the Centre for not framing a Cauvery river water-sharing scheme by the May 3 deadline, the Supreme Court reportedly asked the Karnataka government to release 4 TMC (thousand million cubic ft) water to Tamil Nadu.

The apex court bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra also warned the Karnataka government of “serious consequences” if it does not release the water.

Attorney General K K Venugopal told the court that the Cauvery management board draft has to be tabled before the Union Cabinet, but since Prime Minister Narendra Modi is busy campaigning for elections in Karnataka, the draft has not been approved yet. He also requested the court to defer the hearing till after Karnataka elections.

The SC bench asked the Centre to file an affidavit on the steps it has taken till now to frame the scheme and scheduled the next hearing for May 8.

During its last hearing in April, the court had asked the central government to file a draft of a scheme to ensure complaince of its judgement on the decade-old Cauvery dispute.

The top court had, on February 16, had reduced Tamil Nadu’s share of Cauvery waters by 14.75 TMC which was allocated instead to Karnataka.

What has happened so far:
         
  Noting that Karnataka is "entitled to marginal relief," the Supreme Court reduced the allocation for Tamil Nadu by 14.75 TMC   Down To Earth  
 
 
 
  Karnataka and Tamil Nadu are once again at loggerheads over the sharing of the Cauvery waters. Why have the successive agreements failed to resolve the century-long dispute?   Down To Earth  
 
 
 
  Considering the ineffectiveness of tribunals, there is a need to look for community-based approaches to resolve such disputes effectively, amicably and sustainably   Down To Earth  
 
 
 
  They launched a 48-hour state-wide rail blockade demanding the constitution of Cauvery Management Board   Down To Earth  
 
 
 
  The decision was taken after recent bouts of rain improved the water levels in the Cauvery basin   Down To Earth  

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