Cauvery Water Dispute Verdict: Superstar Rajinikanth, who has announced his full-time politics plan, is not happy with the Cauvery Water Dispute Verdict awarded by the Supreme Court today. According to ANI, Rajinikanth today said, “Cauvery verdict is disappointing as it will further affect the livelihood of farmers. Tamil Nadu Govt should take steps to file a review petition.”
Kamal Haasan, who has also decided to enter politics, appealed both Karnataka and Tamil Nadu to maintain amity in the wake of the SC judgement. He too expressed disappointment with the verdict, which awarded lower quantum of water to Tamil Nadu. Haasan, however, said that there was a consoling factor also in the budget as the apex court made it clear that rivers are common and don’t belong to anyone.
“I am disappointed that Tamil Nadu has got a lower share of water but I think it is also important that we conserve and utilise the water that has been apportioned to the state,” PTI quoted Haasan as saying. He further said that both Karnataka and Tamil Nadu should maintain amity as it will help take forward ideas like nationalisation of rivers.
In a landmark judgement, SC today raised Karnataka’s 270 tmcft share of Cauvery water by 14.75 tmcft. This means the state would now get 284.75 tmcft of water annually. The verdict reduced the share of Tamil Nadu but allowed the state to extract 10tmcft groundwater from the Cauvery river basin, placing the drinking water issue on a “higher pedestal”.
Tamil Nadu will annually get 404.25 tmcft of water, while Puducherry and Kerala will get 7 tmcft and 30 tmcft of Cauvery water every year.
“”Drinking water requirement of the overall population of all the states has to be placed on a higher pedestal as we treat it as a hierarchically fundamental principle of equitable distribution,” the apex court observed.
The verdict was welcomed by Karnataka government. “We have got some relief, so somewhere we are happy with this verdict,” Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah was quoted as saying by ANI.