Superstar Rajinikanth expressed his disappointment over Cauvery verdict, saying the verdict will affect the livelihood of farmers in the state. Rajinikanth broke his silence over the verdict after Supreme Court delivered the much-awaited verdict in the 28-year-old case.
Rajinikanth tweeted in Tamil, "The final verdict of the Supreme Court in Cauvery water distribution is very disappointing as it affects the livelihood of Tamil Nadu farmers. The Tamil Nadu government should take action to file a review petition." The Supreme Court has ordered that Karnataka would get an additional 14.75 tmcft of Cauvery water.
காவிரி நீர் பங்கீட்டில் உச்சநீதிமன்றத்தின் இறுதி தீர்ப்பு தமிழக விவசாயிகளின் வாழ்வாதாரத்தை மேலும் பாதிப்பதாக உள்ளதால் மிகுந்த ஏமாற்றமளிக்கிறது.மறு பரிசீலனை மனு தாக்கல் செய்ய தமிழகஅரசு நடவடிக்கை எடுக்க வேண்டும்.— Rajinikanth (@superstarrajini) February 16, 2018
In what is seen as a setback for Tamil Nadu, the court while delivering the Cauvery waters verdict said that Karnataka will provide 177.2 TMC water to Tamil Nadu. This would mean Karnataka will get additional 14.75 tmcft as compared to the tribunal's order which had ordered for release of 192 tmcft. As a result of this Tamil Nadu's water share has been reduced to 177.25 tmcft.
The court said that it increased the Cauvery water share of Karnataka by 14.75 tmc ft because of increased drinking water requirement of Bangalore residents and other industrial activities. TN will have to now bank on 10 TMC groundwater available with it.
The court also maintained the Tribunal award of 30 tmc ft Cauvery water for Kerala and 7 for Puducherry.