Cau­very ver­dict in four weeks: Supreme Court

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NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Tues­day in­di­cated that it would de­liver within a month its ver­dict on the decades­old Cau­very water dis­pute be­tween ri­par­ian states of Tamil Nadu and Kar­nataka, say­ing enough con­fu­sion has been cre­ated on it for over two decades.

The top court said that any fo­rum could touch the mat­ter re­lat­ing to the Cau­very basin, only af­ter it gave its ver­dict in four weeks.

A three-judge bench of the apex court had re­served its ver­dict 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, af­ter marathon hear­ing on Septem­ber 20, 2017.

“Enough of con­fu­sion has been there for past two decades. Any fo­rum can touch the mat­ter af­ter the ver­dict is de­liv­ered in the is­sue. We will give the ver­dict in four weeks,” a bench of Chief Jus­tice Di­pak Misra and Jus­tices A.m.khan­wilkar and D.y.chan­drachud said.

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Tues­day in­di­cated that it would de­liver within a month its ver­dict on the decades old Cau­very water dis­pute be­tween ri­par­ian states of Tamil Nadu and Kar­nataka, say­ing enough con­fu­sion has been cre­ated on it for over two decades.

The top court said that any fo­rum could touch the mat­ter re­lat­ing to the Cau­very basin, only af­ter it gave its ver­dict in four weeks.

A three-judge bench of the apex court had re­served its ver­dict 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, af­ter marathon hear­ing on Septem­ber 20, 2017.

“Enough of con­fu­sion has been there for past two decades.

Any fo­rum can touch the mat­ter af­ter the ver­dict is de­liv­ered in the is­sue. We will give the ver­dict in four weeks,” a bench of Chief Jus­tice Di­pak Misra and Jus­tices A M Khan­wilkar and D Y Chan­drachud said.

The court’s re­mark came dur­ing the hear­ing of a plea filed in 2016 by a cit­i­zens’ group led by phi­lan­thropist Ki­ran Mazum­dar Shaw seek­ing its in­ter­ven­tion for sup­ply of drink­ing water to residents of Bengaluru and sur­round­ing dis­tricts.

The group un­der the ban­ner of Ban­ga­lore Po­lit­i­cal Ac­tion Com­mit­tee (BPAC) in which Shaw is the Pres­i­dent and former In­fosys direc­tor and ed­u­ca­tion­ist Mo­han­das Pai the Vice Pres­i­dent, had told the court that cit­i­zens of Bengaluru need ad­e­quate drink­ing water and their right to life needed to be pro­tected by the top court.

“That the present ap­pli­ca­tion is be­ing filed by the ap­pli­cant in the af­ter­math of the vi­o­lence that took place in the city of Bengaluru, since the ap­pli­cant is of the belief that there are ex­tra­or­di­nary cir­cum­stances in the city and its ad­join­ing ar­eas which needs to be ad­dressed through the in­ter­ven­tion of this Court,” the BPAC plea said.

“There is an acute drink­ing water prob­lem in the city of Bengaluru and cer­tain other dis­tricts of South Kar­nataka. The an­nual re­quire­ment of Bengaluru city alone is more than 19 TMC of water to be sup­plied to the cit­i­zens by the au­thor­i­ties of the State of Kar­nataka. The an­nual drink­ing water re­quire­ments of the Cau­very basin dis­tricts in­clud­ing the Bengaluru is roughly about 26 TMC (ap­prox­i­mately),” it said.

BPAC, in its plea filed through lawyer Aparna Bhat, said “the south­west mon­soon for the year 2016-17 has mis­er­ably failed over most parts of Kar­nataka and es­pe­cially in the catch­ment ar­eas of the Cau­very River. The lack of rain­fall is also ev­i­dent by the reser­voir lev­els in the ma­jor reser­voirs of the Cau­very basin in Kar­nataka, which have a huge short­fall of in­flows, and thereby the dras­tic de­crease in the stor­age ca­pac­i­ties of the re­spec­tive reser­voirs.”

“The ap­prox­i­mate live stor­age of Kar­nataka’s reser­voirs (Harangi, He­ma­vathi, K.R.S and Kabini) as on 16.09.2016 is only 28.77 TMC as against the to­tal drink­ing water re­quire­ments of Bengaluru, My­suru, Mandya and other Cau­very basin dis­tricts which is 26 TMC (ap­prox­i­mately),” it had said.

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