NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Tuesday began its final hearing on the appeals filed by Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala against the 2007 award of the Cauvery Water Dispute Tribunal (CWDT) on sharing of water.
The Tribunal was set up in 1991. In 2007, it ordered the allocation of 419 tmcft of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu, 270 tmcft to Karnataka, 30 tmcft to Kerala and 7 tmcft of to Puducherry. During the day-long arguments, Karnataka government counsel Fali S Nariman told the court about the agreements drawn between 1852, 1924 and 1974 and said during those years no dispute arose between the states.
Citing various judgments on water sharing, Nariman informed the bench that the dispute between the states increased only after the expiry of those agreements.“For 50 years there was no dispute,” Nariman told the court. “We are entitled to the natural flow of water and there must not be any interference in the same. People of Bangalore have the first right to have supply of drinking water to them from Cauvery,” Nariman added. The arguments remained inconclusive and will continue on Wednesday.
Cauvery Water Dispute Tribunal
The Tribunal was set up in 1991 and in 2007 it had ordered the allocation of Cauvery water to the four States of Cauvery basin and allocated 419 tmc ft of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu, 270 tmc ft to Karnataka, 30 tmc ft to Kerala and 7 tmc ft of water to the Union Territory of Puducherry.