Tuesday, February 06, 2007

After the Cauvery verdict ...

... schools and colleges are closed today. Many shops in our area are also closed, although offices appear to be open. There's a state-wide bundh call for Thursday, Feb 8th.

Last night, the three grocery stores in our area were packed with shoppers scrambling to stock up on items they needed but thought they might not have enough of in case the shops were closed today.

The items apparently everyone needed and so were gone from the shelves by the time I went in: bread, yogurt, bananas, ready made dosa batter.

The scenes at the store were similar to the scenes in the US grocery stores just before an impending snow storm or following the issuance of a hurricane alert.

Update (Feb 7th):

The bundh has been put off until Monday, Feb. 12th.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

But it seems there was nothig untoward today. SO lets keep our fingers crossed for the 8th. I drove to work and it was pretty normal.

Ayshu said...

i heard in the radio that nuthing happened and things were calm there.

Abbas Manthiri said...

CAUVERY VERDICT
Total water availability (per year) in Cauvery- 736 tmc to 740 tmc (in non-distress period)
Tamilnadu's Share 419 tmc Karnataka's Share 270 tmc Kerala's Share 30 tmc Puducherry's share7 tmc
Where it comes from
For TN

TN will get 192 tmc from Karnataka

The rest 227 tmc will come from its own catchment area. This includes water gets into Cauvery river from from TN's Noyyal, Bhavani and Kollidam rivers For Karnataka

The water available from Tala Cauvery to Biligundu (catchment area) belongs to Karnataka For Kerala

Karnataka has to give For Puducherry

Tamilnadu has to give
As a last reparian state TN should leave 10 tmc of water in cauvery river, for environmental purpose
Why TN is not a winner

After getting 192 tmc from Karnataka, TN has to give 7 tmc to Puducherry and leave 10 tmc in cauvery itself. So, TN's share comes downto 175 tmc. This is well below the 205 tmc allotted in the interim order of tribunal. Why Karnataka is not a loser

Karnataka need to give only 192 tmc to TN, not 205 tmc as stipulated in interim award
Karnataka's major reservation

Why 419 tmc for TN and only 270 tmc for us? Tribunal's answer

The share was worked out after the assessors report of total cultivable land in all the four states and water required and climatic patterns
Why TN is celebrating?

There was no assurance of getting any amount of water from Karnataka till now. But, now the final order has mandated the centre to form a monitoring committee to ensure the flow of stipulated water from Karnataka. So whatever water comes is fine for TN
The major misunderstanding (in Karnataka)

Karnataka has to give 419 tmc to TN, which is not the fact. It is only 192 tmc
When rain gods fail...

In distress period all the states have to reduce their share, in the ratio of final order.And every alternative year is a distress year in the peninsula for the last few decades!!

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