Karnataka to seek legal view on next step in Cauvery water dispute case
Bengaluru: The Karnataka government on Thursday said it will consult its legal team on whether to file a review petition in response to the Supreme Court decision on the Cauvery water dispute. “Our stand is the stand of the legal team,” Siddaramaiah said after an all-party meeting in Bengaluru.
The apex court on 16 February delivered its verdict on the over 150-year-old Cauvery water dispute that has defined relations between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.
Under the new arrangement, Karnataka would have to release 177.25 thousand million cubic feet (tmcft) of water to Tamil Nadu as against an earlier quantum of 192 tmcft.
The court also allocated an additional 4.75 tmcft to Bengaluru to meet the drinking water and domestic requirements of the “global city”. As a result, Karnataka will now receive 284.75 tmcft as against the 270 tmcft it gets at present.
The court also directed the central government to constitute the Cauvery Water Management Board within six weeks to supervise the implementation of the order.
Karnataka has been against the setting up of such a board that would in effect amount to giving up control over its dams. The new water-sharing scheme will be applicable for the next 15 years, held the court. Tamil Nadu has expressed its displeasure at the verdict. Siddaramaiah said the state would consult its legal team to get more clarity.
Karnataka and other stakeholders have until 18 March to file their respective reviews, if they choose to do so.
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