SC verdict on Cauvery issue is victory of Jayalalithaa's efforts: TN govt
Jayalalithaa had put her best efforts on the Cauvery issue, including �waging a legal battle� to get the 2007 final award published in a Central gazette in 2013, thus �upholding Tamil Nadu�s rights�.
The Tamil Nadu government has said the Supreme Court order to Karnataka to release 2,000 cusecs of water daily to the lower riparian state until further orders is the result of the untiring efforts made by its former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, who passed away on Monday midnight.
The dispute between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka had been continuing for decades and Jayalalithaa filed an appeal to the SC against a 2007 verdict by Cauvery Tribunal.
The Tribunal, in a unanimous decision in 2007, determined the total availability of water in the Cauvery basin at 740 thousand million cubic (tmc) feet at the Lower Coleroon Anicut site, including 14 tmcft for environmental protection and seepage into the sea. The final award makes an annual allocation of 419 tmcft to Tamil Nadu in the entire Cauvery basin, 270 tmcft to Karnataka, 30 tmcft to Kerala and 7 tmcft to Puducherry.
However, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala soon filed appeals against the verdict. Tamil Nadu’s claims were based on agreements executed between then governments of Mysore and Madras in 1892 and 1924, which the tribunal says cannot be held as “invalid”.
After hearing the appeal, Justice Dipak Misra passed the aforementioned order.
Jayalalithaa had put her best efforts on the Cauvery issue, including “waging a legal battle” to get the 2007 final award published in a Central gazette in 2013, thus “upholding Tamil Nadu’s rights”, said PWD principal secretary SK Prabakar.
Again in August, her government moved to apex court, searching direction for share of water to Tamil Nadu from Karnataka, which gave a slash way to the state, he said.
The court said further hearing would be conducted on December 15.
The DMK had greeted the apex court order on 2,000 cusecs of water daily to Tamil Nadu. Tamil Nadu Opposition Leader MK Stalin urged the state government to press the Centre on immediately constituting the Cauvery Management Board.