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Aug 26 – The century-old Cauvery water conflict between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu has resurfaced.
Due to severe drought-like circumstances, Karnataka released only 26.7 thousand million cubic feet (Tmcft) of water against a demand of 86.36 Tmcft until August 22. This has irritated Tamil Nadu, which has now petitioned the Supreme Court.
The Cauvery River is a key source of water in southern India, flowing through the states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, as well as the Union Territory (UT) of Puducherry, with a portion of its waters spilling into Kerala.
The Cauvery River begins at Talacauvery in Karnataka’s Kodagu district. The river flows through rich plains, supporting agriculture and villages along the way.
The river is revered by locals and has historical and cultural significance, having been mentioned in ancient literature.
Because the Cauvery’s voyage ends in the Bay of Bengal, it is vital to the region’s environment, economic, and social fabric.
Water-sharing disputes have erupted between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, owing to the river’s importance for irrigation, industry, and drinking water.
Captain S Raja Rao, Karnataka’s former secretary of the Minor Irrigation Department and an irrigation specialist, recalls the century-old rivalry between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu over the Cauvery river.