Supreme Court Order regarding Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal (16.02.2018)
India’s Supreme Court has finally given a verdict on 16 February 2018 on the Cauvery River dispute over the allocation of shared water among the riparian states. In this verdict, which will be binding for 15 years, Karnataka has received 14.75 TMC feet extra water, from the share of Tamil Nadu, allocated by the Cauvery Waters Disputes Tribunal in 2007. After 17 years of judicial investigation, the tribunal in 2007 had allocated 419 TMC feet of water annually to Tamil Nadu, 270 TMC feet to Karnataka, 30 TMC feet to Kerala and 7 TMC feet to Puducherry. However, all four basin states had refused to accept the tribunal verdict and had challenged this allocation in the Supreme Court. In its verdict, Supreme Court has allocated more water to Karnataka taking from Tamil Nadu, and has kept the shares of Kerala and Puducherry unchanged.