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SC directs Karanataka to release 177.25 TMC water to Tamil Nadu instead of 192; CJI says no state can claim monopoly over river
The Supreme Court of India, on Friday, delivered its verdict on the decades-long 'Cauvery' river water sharing row that has been a serious conflict between the two states of South India - Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

While delivering its judgement, the constitutional bench of three judges comprising Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra and Justices Amitava Roy and AM Khanwilkar said that 177.25 TMC of the Cauvery water will be released for Tamil Nadu. Hence, the water sharing for Tamil Nadu has been reduced to 177 TMC from 192 TMC by the SC's order while it has increased Karnataka's share of water. The total allocation of Cauvery water for Karnataka is now 284.75 TMC as the state gets additional 14.75 TMC.

Meanwhile, the apex court made it clear that increase in share of Cauvery water for Karnataka has been done keeping in view the fact that there is an increased demand of drinking water in Bengaluru, and also for many industrial activities, according to ANI.

The Supreme Court has also directed Karnataka to release 177 TMC Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu, adding that no state can claim ownership of the river.

"Water is a national asset and no state can have a monopoly over it," said Dipak Misra while pronouncing the verdict.

The top court's verdict comes after Karnataka and Tamil Nadu had approached the court after the Cauvery River Water Dispute Tribunal, in 2007, awarded yearly allocation of 419 TMC to Tamil Nadu in the entire Cauvery basin, 270 TMC to Karnataka, 30 TMC and 7 TMC to Kerala and Puducherry respectively.

Earlier on September 20, 2017, the court had reserved its order on the matter as Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala, and Puducherry had filed petitions seeking modification of Cauvery Tribunal's final order.

Ahead of the verdict on water row, security had been tightened in Bengaluru and 15,000 police personnel were deployed by the state government to control any mishap. Tamil Nadu has also deployed hundreds of security personnel across Chennai city and towns bordering Karnataka.

"The state intelligence is closely watching all Tamil nationalist groups. We are prepared to handle the law and order situation. All Karnataka-origin schools, mutts, banks and Udipi hotels in Chennai are given protection," an officer said.The Supreme Court of India on Friday delivered its verdict on the decades-long 'Cauvery' river water sharing row that has been a serious conflict between the two states of South India - Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

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