The Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal has allocated
419,000 million cubic feet (tmcft) of water to Tamil Nadu
out of 740 tmcft available in the basin. The actual release
by Karnataka to Tamil Nadu, however, would be only 192
the final order in the decades-old row, which ran into
over 1,000 pages in five volumes, the three-member tribunal
headed by retired Justice N P Singh allocated 270 tmcft
of water for Karnataka, 30 tmcft to Kerala and seven tmcft
for Puducherry in a "normal" year.
order said that Karnataka should make monthly deliveries
out of the 192 tmcft to Tamil Nadu during a normal year
at the inter-state point identified as Billigundlu gauge
and discharage station located on the common border.
the monthly schedule, Tamil Nadu would get in June (10
tmcft), July (34), August (50), September (40), October
(22), November (15), December (8), January (3) and February,
March, April and May (2.5 each).
tribunal, which was constituted in 1990, had, in its interim
order, allocated 205 tmcft of water to Tamil Nadu. The
final order also supercedes the agreements of 1892 and
1924 between the then governments of Madras and Mysore.
had opposed the setting up of the tribunal by the National
Front government in 1990, which had also enacted a law
against the interim award, which was later struck down
by the Supreme Court. The interim award had also triggered
riots in Bangalore and some basin districts in Karnataka.
final order shall come into operation from the date it
is notified by
the central government under the Inter-State Water Disputes
Act. A notification is expected in 90 days. Any party
to the dispute can challenge the order in the Supreme