Centre should ensure that TN gets its due share: CPI

Henrietta Strickland
February 18, 2018

The Supreme Court on Friday enhanced Karnataka's share of Cauvery water by 14.75 TMC and reduced Tamil Nadu's quantum by an equal amount in its verdict to resolve the decades-old dispute while observing no state can claim "exclusive ownership" of inter-state river water.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami on Saturday communicated frustration over the Supreme Court decision decreasing the quantum of Cauvery water to be discharged for Tamil Nadu, yet said certain focuses in the judgment ought to be invited.

Karnataka should release water immediately to save the crop as well as the Tamil Nadu state economy, he added.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.

"I am also shocked at the reduction in the supply of water". "The reactions in Tamil Nadu were more negative with the opposition DMK criticizing the ruling A Justifying higher allocation to Karnataka, the SC said, "[The] Drinking water requirement of the overall population of all the states has to be placed on a higher pedestal as we treat it as a hierarchically fundamental principle of equitable distribution". About the future strategy, he said it would be chosen after discourses with legitimate specialists. The verdict was the result of a case filed by J Jayalalithaa in the apex court, Palaniswami said.

The parties to the dispute were the states of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala, who challenged the 2007 order of the Cauvery Water Dispute Tribunal (CWDT) on the sharing of Cauvery, the Ganga of southern India.

Karnataka chief-minister Siddaramaiah has said that the State would explore all available options before it in opposing the setting up of a Cauvery Management Board by the Centre.

He blamed the administration for Karnataka of endeavoring to develop dams "with no dialog or conference with the focal government".

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