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SC Verdict On Cauvery River Water Dispute, 14.75 TMC From Tamil Nadu To Go Towards Karnataka

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| February 16 , 2018 , 17:32 IST

The Supreme Court declared its verdict on the Cauvery river water sharing dispute between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka on Friday. The SC verdict pronounced that 177.25 TMC of Cauvery water will be released for Tamil Nadu instead of 192 TMC and Karnataka will get an additional share of 14.75 TMC.

Supreme Court verdict further added,"20 TMC of groundwater in Tamil Nadu had not been accounted for and needed to be seen."

"SC made it clear that the increase in the share of Cauvery water for Karnataka by 14.75 TMC has been done keeping in view the fact that there is an increased demand of drinking water by Bengaluru and also for many industrial activities," reported ANI.

This dispute was previously adjudicated by the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal (CWDT) in 2007, after it decided the aggregate accessibility of water in the Cauvery river at 740 TMC, including 14 TMC of water to be reserved for natural assurance. However, the tribunal’s order was challenged by both the states leading to further registration of the case to the apex court in September 2017.

A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra delivered the unanimous verdict over the petitions filed by Karnataka and Tamil Nadu on Friday morning, after which, both the states planned to deploy hundreds of police personnel in all of their respective towns. Government sources said security has been tightened for precautionary measures to avoid violence.