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The final award ofthe Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal has dealt a severe blow to lakhs of farmers in the tail-endregion of the Kabini basin,Karnataka,India,ASIA

Based On the research made By DeccanHerald as given below

The final award ofthe Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal has dealt a severe blow tolakhs of farmers in the tail-endregion of the Kabini basin.Theirlong-cherished dream of irrigating farm lands through the proposed Kabini stage II project maynot come true.

The ambitious Rs 1,233 crorelift irrigation project wasplanned to irrigate 1.23 lakhhectares of land in the tail-endarea of Kabini basin (covering both Chamarajnagar and Mysoredistricts), utilising an estimated65 tmc ft water from Kabini river.

The State government had recently cleared the project for implementation.Though the projectwas conceived in 1986, it failed totake off due to many hurdles.First, it was the problem of getting clearance from the ForestDepartment.

There were also apprehensions about Tamil Nadus objection before the Cauvery WaterDisputes Tribunal. The hurdleswere finally cleared for the project implementation in 2004.

But as per the tribunalaward, which allocated only 270tmc ft water to Karnatakaagainst the demand for 407 tmc ft, it is not possible to take up thisproject now. There will be no water available to feed the additional irrigated area in the region...We are planning to drop the project, official sources in the Cauvery Neeravari Nigama Limited(CNNL) toldDeccan Herald.

Lift irrigation

This is not all. Several of thelift irrigation projects planned invarious parts of the Cauvery river basin are also in limbo. Theseinclude Huchanakoppalu, Kamasamudra, Hemavathi offshore project, Golur and Hebbur(in Hemavathy project zone, Hassan), Bannahalli Hundi, Badanavalu (in Irrigation South Zone,Mysore),official sources said.

Besides, the final verdict hastied CNNLs hands from takingup any new irrigation projects inthe basin area, official sourcespointed out.

Official sources also said thatthe focus of the State irrigationwith respect to the Cauvery basinshould now shift to better watermanagement instead of extending the irrigated area, as there islittle scope for implementing newirrigation projects.

The CNNL, however, is goingahead with all 46 ongoing lift irrigation projects, including Taraka,Manchanabele,D D Urs canal,Igglur and KRS modernisationproject, in the Cauvery basin.These projects are in variousstages of completion and all willbe commissioned by the end ofthis year,sources stated.

Irrigation experts said the tribunal award has put a break onfarmers from going in for a second crop. Due to the tight situation of the State after the verdict,it will be difficult to release waterfor the second crop,they added.

Also the Extracts from Times OF India Daily News paper which qoutes

Awarded 270 tmcft, Told To Release 192 tmcft To Tamil Nadu Annually

New Delhi: The Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal on Monday finally delivered its muchawaited award on the highly politicised water-sharing dispute, hiking Tamil Nadus share from 205 tmcft in the 1991 interim order to 419 tmcft. This led to angry protests from Karnataka, which will now have to make do with 270 tmcft. Karnataka will have to release 192 tmcft annually to Tamil Nadu.
The award on the dispute between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka has also pegged shares of the other two riparian states, Kerala and Puducherry, at 30 tmcft and 7 tmcft each.
Karnataka had sought 465 tmcft. It is upset with the award, which has doubled Tamil Nadus share. The upper riparian state had hoped Tamil Nadus share would be closer to the 205 tmcft interim award.
The award on a dispute that dates back to the 19th century is not likely to be resolved just yet. A disappointed Karnataka is now examining its options. The states lawyer Mohan Katarki said: Karnataka will decide after getting the full copy of the report.
The order was passed by the three-member tribunal, headed by retired judge NP Singh, after more than 16 years of proceedings. The tribunal devised a month-wise schedule for release of water. Karnataka is aggrieved about what it is supposed to release for Tamil Nadu during June-September, a period when its own demand for irrigation peaks.
The 419 tmcft allotted to TN is of a total of 740 tmcft in a normal year. TN had asked for 562 tmcft. Karnataka, which had asked for 465 tmcft, will get 270 tmcft. After Kerala gets 30 tmcft and Puducherry 7 tmcft, another 14 tmcft has been set aside to flow to sea for environmental reasons.
According to the schedule, Karnataka has to release 182 tmcft from June to January each year and an additional 10 tmcft for environmental reasons from February to May.
The monthly release of allocated water shall be controlled by a regulator with the help of the states and the Central Water Commission for five years. The schedule can be altered in consultation with these parties only after five years.
The tribunal has said no upper riparian state shall take any action so as to affect the scheduled deliveries of water to the lower riparian states.
Maintaining rights of states to manage their share within their boundaries, the tribunal has ordered that the judgment shall not in any way alter the rights, if any, under the law... of any private individuals, bodies or authorities.
But it has laid down rules for measurement of water for domestic and municipal water supply as well as industrial use. Some 20\% of water diverted or lifted from the river, its tributaries or reservoirs shall be measured for domestic and municipal supply; 2.5\% will be for industrial use.

HenceForth I place a Petition On Behalf of public of Karnataka against the Verdict Posed by Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal.

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