Politicians from Tamilnadu have said the following regarding the final decision:
M.Karunanithi, CM, Tamil Nadu
"It is not that the tribunal's final Award gives us joy. However, it is consoling to some extent. I realized the situation and the fact that the Tribunal almost confirmed the interim verdict. Even though it is not sufficient to the Delta farmers, we don't like to cry for this. Anyhow, we, the Tamils would like to settle the problem. Karnataka is not losing anything. We believe that Karnataka would accept this Award and take steps for implementation".
'Injustice to Tamils' -J. Jayalalitha
"The Final Award should have emphasized the exact quantity of water to be given to T.N. by Karnataka. It has created a hallucination as if Karnataka delivers the entire 419-tmcft water. Media didn't act with responsibility. They never consider the situation of the Tamils who are living in Karnataka. Media did this to do something in favor of Karunanithi".
'We should not accept this verdict' - Vaiko
"Like the blind man's explanation on elephant everyone has commented the Tribunals final verdict and put the Tamils of Karnataka in a troublesome situation. This Award is in no way favorable to us. The government of Tamil Nadu should appeal in the Tribunal against the Final Award."
'It is disappointing' -Dr. Ramadoss
"The final verdict of Cauvery Tribunal is very much disappointing. While we think, we should not allow the problem to be continues and appealing, Karnataka's adamant attitude, adds shock and anger. Seeing the troubles both state borders people undergoing, doubt arises in our mind as to whether we live in a united country with the same identity".
Fight for CAUVERY: Some important facts and figures
1892 - First Agreement signed between Mysore kingdoms - Madras presidency on Cauvery water disputes.
1924 - Second Agreement signed between Mysore - Madras
1956 - The State of Karnataka was created
1956 - 70 - Karnataka created more than 30 large and medium size dams on River cauvery.
1971 - Tamil Nadu filed a case against Karnataka in the Supreme Court to establish its rights over Cauvery water.
1972 - TN withdrew the case following the advice of the Apex court.
1983 - TN filed a case again on Karnataka regarding cauvery water distribution.
1986 - TN demanded to set-up a Tribunal.
1990 - Cauvery Tribunal established by the Supreme Court under the chairmanship of Justice Sidha Gosh Mukergee.
1991 - Tribunal announced its interim Award of 205-tmcft water to Tamil Nadu.
1991 - Karnataka appealed against the interim Award.
1991 - Tribunal confirmed its interim award.
1993 - Chief Minister Jayalalitha announced her indefinite fast to implement the interim award.
1997 - TN filed a case against Karnataka to implement the interim Award.
1998 - Cauvery water commission was established under the chairmanship of the Prime Minister.
2005 - Govt extended the lifetime of Tribunal for one more year.
2006 - final arguments started and the tribunal gives final shape to the verdict.
2006 - Tribunal has been extended for next 6 months.
2007 - Feb 5th final Award declared.
The Tribunal took 16 long years to announce its verdict. Though these years it discussed the issue more than 570 times. And the expenses over the Tribunal have been sharing by the 4 states according to their percentage of share in cauvery water.
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