K'taka's irrigation lift project will hamper agriculture in TN: TN

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New Delhi, Mar 25 (UNI) Tamil Nadu in its rejoinder affidavit in the Supreme Court has asserted that the irrigation lift project started by Karnataka in violation of the decision of Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal will adversely affect the agricultural production in Tamil Nadu.

Tamil Nadu has also asserted that its application seeking to restrain Karnataka from going ahead with the controversial project is fully maintainable and this is the settled law that no state can be forced to supply water to any other state at the cost of irrigation of its own agricultural land. Karnataka is deliberately trying to violate the order of the tribunal and is illegaly demanding 450 tmc ft of water out of the total of about 750 tmc ft.

Tamil Nadu government has been fighting for implementation of the Cauvery Tribunal's decision but Karnataka is not ready to accept the decision of the tribunal as Karnataka has been alloted only about 275 tmc ft of water, which according to Karnataka is inequitable distribution.

Karnataka has challenged the order of the tribunal in the Supreme Court. Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal was setup by the Centre on the orders of the apex court. The dispute over the distribution of Cauvery water has been the bone of contention between the two states since 1991.

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