New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday. in a verdict on the Cauvery water dispute, reduced the allocation of the river water from Karnataka to Tamil Nadu.
Karnataka will now supply 177.25 tmc instead of 192 tmc – a reduction of 14.75 tmc, from its Billigundlu site to Mettur dam in Tamil Nadu
A Special Bench, led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, declaring the Cauvery a “national asset” and largely upholding the water-sharing arrangements finalised by the Cauvery Water Dispute Tribunal (CWDT) in its award on February 5, 2007, said Karnataka was entitled to a “marginal” relief.
The judgment, authored by Chief Justice Misra, concluded that the CWDT did not take into account Tamil Nadu’s stock of an “empirical” 20 TMC of groundwater. The court held that it would take into account at least 10 tmc of this groundwater and reduce this amount from the 192 tmc supplied to Tamil Nadu.
Bengaluru’s drinking water requirement
The court observed that Bengaluru had attained the “global status” and its drinking water requirement had increased multi-fold. Need for drinking water was at the top of the hierarchy.