Cauvery Memorandaum To The PMOINdia | Divya Spandana

Memorandum to the Hon. Prime Minister Shri. Narendra Modi ji


This memorandum is submitted seeking your urgent intervention to resolve the impasse in
the Cauvery Water Dispute between the riparian States of Karnataka and Tamilnadu, for
enduring peace.
As you know, the riparian states have been fighting to settle their shares in the utilisation of
water for the last four decades. The dispute has its origin in the pre constitutional
agreements of 1892 and 1924 thrust upon the princely State of Mysore by the British
Paramountcy siding with Madras Presidency, in whose welfare, British undoubtedly had
vested interest.
The Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal passed its final order on 05.02.2007 imposing
unreasonable burden of ensuring 192 tmc of water annually on a monthly schedule to
Tamil Nadu. However, in the event of distress situation, the tribunal expected the riparian
States to share the water in a proportionate manner without laying down any guidelines on
monthly or seasonal distress. Exploring the lacuna in the final order, Tamil Nadu has
started demanding monthly sharing of distress in the middle of the season which ends in
December. The mid season sharing and accounting of water based on a final order which
has been strongly challenged by Kamataka is highly unjust and disadvantageous to
Karnataka’s legitimate interests.
Ignoring these difficulties, the Supreme Court issued directions against Karnataka on
05.09.2016. 12.09.2016 and 20.09.2016 for delivery of water forcing storages in
Karnataka to alarmingly low level. At present, storage is barely 27 tmc whereas, the
drinking water requirement of towns and Bangalore itself are about 26 tmc. The standing
crop in about 6 Iakh acres in the drought area of Cauvery basin in Kamataka has already
been wasted. The only source of livelihood for Iakhs of farmers has been ruined. The
continuous agitation in Kamataka alone cost about 25000 crores reportedly. The civic life
in the districts of Mysore, Mandya, Hassan etc has been badly affected causing great
inconveniences to the public at large.
If Karnataka has to further release water to Tamil Nadu the drinking water needs will be in
jeopardy. The vast population of 2.5 crore depending on Cauvery water including the
population of Bangalore will starve. The IT industry which earns huge contributes huge
revenues to the State and Centre besides earning around S 80 billions of foreign exchange
to the nation is likely to suffer if the Cauvery water dispute continues unresolved. The
unrest in public is likely to compromise peace.
The final order of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal is not cast in stones. The final
order in Clause XX has an inbuilt mechanism to resolve the disputes or supersede the
decision by an agreement between the riparian States. Therefore, it is imperative for the
riparian States to explore and arrive at a settlement. But, in the federal system States
cannot settle among themselves. The active role of the Central Government particularly
the political leadership of the Prime Minister is necessary in settling the disputes.
In these circumstances, we the members of Parliament from Karnataka earnestly request
you to intervene immediately and call for the meeting of the Chief Ministers of both the
States of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

Cauvery Memorandaum To The PMOINdia | Divya Spandana