Posted February 6, 2007on:
As usual the ‘kaaveri galate’ has re-surfaced after a verdict, this time its the tribunal’s verdict. Its really unfortunate that the tribunal couldn’t get out a verdict that pleases all (although they claim to have done it). No idea what is in store for the coming days, more crowd trouble, holidays, bandhs, damage to property and life? I still remember, the elders at home saying during the earlier ‘kaaveri galate’ in 1992, ‘namma kaaladalli ee galate mugiyo haage kanalla’. Looks like its now our turn to say the same statement..!
The 1992 ‘kaaveri galate’ is still fresh in my mind and infact have very pleasant memories about it. I think it was during the November, December, January period and for some 3 consecutive years, once for Mandal commision, then babri Masjid and again kaaveri galate. We did nothing but play cricket, gilli dandu, kho-kho, kabaddi and what not. So much so that when the schools re-opened and exams were announced immediately, we had forgotten in which standard we were studying!😉
Now coming back to yesterday’s verdict, I have few reasons to say why its a bad one:–
-Its based on some average rainfall in two years or something like that. Why can’t it be just percentage of water based on the availability?– Why did they take 16 long years for the verdict? Does all information collected, assessed and analysed long back still hold good today?
– Although its said that the veridct is a 1000 page one, no one has explained so far, why does Tamilnadu get more water than karnataka? Some one just said its the crop patterns etc but I didn’t understand. By looking at the map, the river delta is almost 40-60% in Kar-TN area, but not at all like it calls for this 270-419 share.
– Even though it was well known that this is a sensitive issue, the verdict wasn’t announced in a cautious manner. It was clear in numbers that TN gets more, thats all. They could’ve put the verdict in 20 other ways such that the facts will only get into the people slowly or will never get into. The numbers could have really been hidden initially and in a phasely manner could have been explained. After all how many people/farmers/villagers can go to the dams and count the cusecs released?What are your thoughts, can there be any solution at all to the ‘kaaveri galate’ in our life-times?My only question (and probably the answer too…) is, if this problem was not infront of our governments but instead a in front of an organization, how would they have handled it? –Chaitanya