Tamil Nadu deputy chief minister O Panneerselvam on Friday said that the government would work diligently to get to farmers and people of the state the 177.25 tmcft of water apportioned by the Supreme Court.
"The government will diligently work to bring the 177.25 tmcft, apportioned by the Supreme Court to Tamil Nadu, to the farmers and the people," he said.
Panneerselvam said the government's formal reaction to the verdict would follow after a scrutiny of the judgement.
Delivering its verdict on the decades-long Cauvery water dispute on Friday, the Supreme Court increased Karnataka's share of water and directed the state to release 177.25 tmc to Tamil Nadu.
Karnataka and Tamil Nadu had approached the Supreme Court after the Cauvery River Water Dispute Tribunal, in 2007, awarded yearly allocation of 419 thousand million cubic feet of water in the entire Cauvery basin to Tamil Nadu, 270 tmc to Karnataka, 30 tmc to Kerala and 7 tmc to Puducherry.
The dispute dates back to the Madras-Mysore agreements of 1924. It was in 1990 when the Centre created a tribunal to examine the conflict and address the water shortage.