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Sep 25, 2012 at 03:53pm IST

Cauvery dispute: Tamil Nadu moves Supreme Court against Karnataka

New Delhi: Tamil Nadu has moved the Supreme Court against Karnataka for its share of water of the Cauvery river. Tamil Nadu says 9,000 cusecs of water is not enough. However, Karnataka says it is enough, rather too much.

Karnataka Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar had walked out of a recent meeting chaired by the Prime Minister over Cauvery water sharing. The cauvery river authority headed by the Prime Minister had asked Karnataka to release 9,000 cusecs of water per day to Tamil Nadu.

The meeting of the Cauvery River Authority, headed by Manmohan Singh on September 19, had failed to produce a solution with both Karnataka and Tamil Nadu rejecting Singh's award of 9000 cusecs to save standing crops in the delta region of Tamil Nadu.

Kerala and Puducherry also have claims to the Cauvery water, but the dispute is intense between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, particularly over the quantum to be shared during times of distress caused by a monsoon failure, like this year. The Cauvery river rises in Talacauvery in Kodagu district in Karnataka and flows 800 km eastward through Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry and into the Bay of Bengal. Of its total length, 320 km are in Karnataka and 416 km in Tamil Nadu.

(With additional information from PTI and IANS)