Cauvery River Issue

Topics: Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kaveri River Pages: 12 (4563 words) Published: January 16, 2013
Kaveri River water dispute

Kaveri river flows in South Karnataka and then to Tamil Nadu. The sharing of waters of the river Kaveri has been the source of a serious conflict between the Indian states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. The genesis of this conflict, rests in two controversial agreements—one signed in 1892 and another in 1924—between the erstwhile Madras Presidency and Princely State of Mysore. The 802 km Kaveri river [1] has 32,000 sq km basin area in Karnataka and 44,000 sq km basin area in Tamil Nadu. The state of Karnataka contends that it does not receive its due share of water from the river as does Tamil Nadu. Karnataka claims that these agreements were skewed heavily in favour of the Madras Presidency, and has demanded a renegotiated settlement based on "equitable sharing of the waters". Tamil Nadu, on the other hand, pleads that it has already developed almost 3,000,000 acres (12,000 km2) of land and as a result has come to depend very heavily on the existing pattern of usage. Any change in this pattern, it says, will adversely affect the livelihood of millions of farmers in the state. Decades of negotiations between the parties bore no fruit. The Government of India then constituted a tribunal in 1990 to look into the matter. After hearing arguments of all the parties involved for the next 16 years, the tribunal delivered its final verdict on 5 February 2007. In its verdict, the tribunal allocated 419 billion ft³ (12 km³) of water annually to Tamil Nadu and 270 billion ft³ (7.6 km³) to Karnataka; 30 billion ft³ (0.8 km³) of Kaveri river water to Kerala and 7 billion ft³ (0.2 km³) to Pondicherry. The dispute however, appears not to have concluded, as all four states deciding to file review petitions seeking clarifications and possible renegotiation of the order.

| Karnataka| Tamil Nadu| Kerala| Pondicherry| Total|
Basin Area (in km²)[2]| 34,273 (42%)| 44,016 (54%)| 2,866 (3.5%)| 148(-)| 81,155| Drought area in the basin (in km²) [3]| 21,870 (63.8%)| 12,790 (29.2%)| --| --| 34,660| Contribution of state (in billion ft³ according to Ktaka)[4]| 425 (53.7%)| 252 (31.8%)| 113 (14.3%)| | 790| Contribution of state (in billion ft³ according to TN)[4][5]| 392 (52.9%)| 222 (30%)| 126 (17%)| | 740| Quantity demanded by each state[citation needed]| 465 (41%)| 566 (50%)| 100 (9%)| 9.3 (1%)| 1140.3| Share for each state as per TN's demand[citation needed]| 177 (24%)| 566 (76%)| 5 (1%)| -| 748| Share for each state as per tribunal verdict of 2007 [6]| 270 (37%)| 419 (58%)| 30 (4%)| 7 (1%)| 726|

Contents  [hide]  * 1 History of the dispute * 2 Post independence developments * 3 1970 s * 4 1980s * 4.1 The constitution of the tribunal * 4.2 Interim award and the riots * 4.3 The crisis of 1995–1996 * 4.4 Constitution of the CRA * 4.5 The flare up and high drama of 2002 * 4.5.1 CRA meeting and the Supreme Court order * 4.5.2 Demonstrations * 4.6 2003–2006 * 5 Judgement * 6 2012 * 7 See also * 8 References * 9 External links| -------------------------------------------------

[edit]History of the dispute
The British controlled both Mysore and Madras for a short period in the middle of the 19th century. During their regime, numerous plans were drawn up for the utilization of the Kaveri waters by both states. However, the drought and subsequent famine in the mid 1870s put a hold on the implementation of these plans. The plans were revived by Mysore in 1881, by which time Mysore was back in the hands of the Mysore kings, while present day Tamil Nadu continued to remain a part of the Madras Presidency. Mysore's plans to revive the irrigation projects met with resistance from the Madras Presidency. Mysore state made a representation to the then British government; as a result of which, a conference was held in 1890 with the objective of agreeing "…on...
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