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Final notification of Cauvery water dispute today

Posted on Feb 20, 12:49PM | IBNS

Bangalore, Feb 20 : The final award of the Cauvery Water Dispute Tribunal to resolve the ongoing conflict between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka over sharing the water of the river is likely to be notified on Wednesday, said reports.

However, media reports said farmers and Kannada organizations are planning protests.

The government on Wednesday tightened up the security measures in the Cauvery basin delta areas and prohibitory orders have been directed around the Krishnaraja Sagar (KRS) reservoir near Mysore.

The state of Karnataka had filed a petition in the Supreme Court against the award contending that every year it needs 465 thousand million cubic feet (TMC) of water while the tribunal has given only 270 TMC ft. The tribunal had awarded Tamil Nadu 419 TMC ft as against its demand for 562 TMC ft.

Earlier on Dec 5 last year, the Supreme Court had ordered Karnataka to release 10,000 cusecs of water from Cauvery river to Tamil Nadu.

The apex court had then directed Karnataka to release the water everyday till Dec 10 last year.

The court had also asked the Cauvery Monitoring Committee (CMC) to take a decision on water requirements of the two South Indian states.

The Supreme Court on Dec 3 had said it could consider directing Karnataka to release 20-25 thousand million cubic feet (TMC) water to Tamil Nadu from Cauvery river based on a precedent.

The court had then heard Tamil Nadu's petition for immediate release of water from River Cauvery from Karnataka.

The two sides had also exchanged charges during an hour-long hearing and refused to come to any agreement.

Even a meeting between Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa and her Karnataka counterpart Jagadish Shettar in Bangalore to discuss the long-standing Cauvery water dispute had failed.

Jayalalithaa then said the Karnataka government had refused to give water to Tamil Nadu.