New Delhi [India], Feb 16 (ANI): In the much awaited verdict on Cauvery dispute, the Supreme Court on Friday pronounced that Karnataka be given additional 14.75 TMC of the river water while 177.25 TMC of water be released for Tamil Nadu.
The apex Court further said that 20 TMC of ground water in Tamil Nadu had not been accounted for and hence needed to be seen.
"The allocation of Karnataka which used to be 270 TMC has been increased to 284.75 TMC. About 10 TMC of water which had been found in the reaches of Tamil Nadu has been reckoned and therefore the share of Tamil Nadu to that extent has been reduced," top court lawyer, Brijesh Kalappa told reporters.
Further, Bengaluru has been given 4.75 TMC additionally.
A bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra pronounced the verdict on the appeals filed by Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala against the 2007 order of the Cauvery Water Dispute Tribunal (CWDT) on sharing of water.
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.
The CWDT had unanimously passed an order on how the water should be shared between the states after determining the total availability of water in the Cauvery basin.
Succumbing to political pressure and the wave of public protests, the Karnataka government had then filed a plea to modify the order.
Karnataka refused to release any water, citing its own requirements and low water availability due to scanty rainfall.