SC order on Cauvery water allocation to remain for 15 years
The Supreme Court said that its order in the Cauvery Waters case would remain in force for the next 15 years. The Bench headed by Chief Justice of India, Dipak Misra said that their order on the allocation of water to Karnataka will stay in force for another 15 years.
The court had directed Karnataka to provide 177.2 tmcft of water to Tamil Nadu. As a result of this the water share for Karnataka was increased by 14.75 tmcft.
The court held that the water share was increased keeping in mind the drinking water requirements of the residents of Bengaluru. It also said it was keeping in mind the other industrial activities in the city.
The court said that for the next 15 years Karnataka would be releasing 177.25 tmc ft Cauvery water to TN from Biligundulu every year. There shall be absolutely no deviance shall be shown by any state, the Bench also held.
The court however permitted TN to draw additional 10 tmc ft ground water from a total available 20 tmc beneath Cauvery basis.
Bengaluru will receive an additional 4.2 TMC of water. "The pre-independence agreement is valid. Karnataka gets additional water keeping in mind the water shortage that Bengaluru is facing, the court also held.