In a landmark verdict that casts a long shadow on southern politics, Tamil Nadu’s share of water from the river Cauvery has been reduced by the Supreme Court and Karnataka will receive a bigger share. Karnataka will now release 177.25 TMC or thousand million cubic feet to Tamil Nadu instead of 192. Karnataka’s increased share takes care of the drinking water problems of its capital Bengaluru. The verdict today comes just months before the Karnataka elections and has been claimed by the ruling Congress as a big win.
Delivering the judgement, the CJI said the 2007 tribunal award of 30 tmcft to Kerala and 7 tmcft water to Puducherry will remain unchanged. The Supreme Court said drinking water has to be kept on the highest pedestal. It said its order on Cauvery water allocation will continue for the next 15 years.