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Supreme Court verdict on Cauvery dispute

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Supreme Court gave the verdict on Cauvery dispute which says Karnataka will get additional 14.75 TMC of the river water while Tamil Nadu will get 177.25 instead of 192 TMC water.

A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra pronounced the verdict on the appeals filed by Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala against the 2007 order of the Cauvery Water Dispute Tribunal (CWDT) on sharing of water. Bengaluru will get additionally 4.75 TMC of water. A Cauvery Water Management board will be set up and they will have control over water allocation, and not the states. The court had asked the state to follow the order for next 15 years.

The situation became tense between two states when the Supreme court on September 5, 2016, asked Karnataka to release 15,000 cusecs of water daily for 10 days to Tamil Nadu.

A week after its previous order, the Supreme Court had made changes and asked Karnataka to release 12,000 cusecs Cauvery water per day to Tamil Nadu till September 20.

Karnataka refused to release any water, stating its own requirements and low water availability due to low rainfall.

On October 18, 2016, the Supreme Court asked Karnataka to release 2000 cusecs of Cauvery water per day to Tamil Nadu.

On January 9, 2017, the Tamil Nadu Government asked for compensation of Rs 2,480 crore from Karnataka for not releasing water to the state despite getting the Supreme Court Order.

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