Whose money is it? Rs 300 crore spent by Karnataka and TN on Cauvery litigation

WIth reduced inflows from Cauvery Tamil Nadu must take up desalination plants on a war footing

WIth reduced inflows from Cauvery Tamil Nadu must take up desalination plants on a war footing
WIth reduced inflows from Cauvery Tamil Nadu must take up desalination plants on a war footing

His is the only sensible voice in Indian politics. Analysts and commentators describe him as a maverick politician. His enemies (of which there is no dearth in Indian politics) call him a loose cannon. You may hate him or love him but you can never ignore Dr. Subramanian Swamy, senior BJP leader and member of Rajya Sabha (Upper House of Indian Parliament).

Readers of PGurus may be shocked to know that only lawyers, politicians and some bureaucrats in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka have benefited from this long drawn out legal war.

Dr. Swamy is a living legend and does not need any introduction to the patrons of PGurus.  When on Friday the Supreme Court delivered its final verdict in the Cauvery Water Dispute case between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, what stood out was the vintage Dr. Swamy’s comments and observations.

“Tamil Nadu should never be seen as begging to Karnataka for a few drops more of Cauvery water. What Tamil Nadu should do is to set up desalination plants along the East Coast. A series of desalination plants could be installed in the Tamil Nadu coast which could resolve the water shortage faced by the State. Not only that, we can even give water to the water-starved Karnataka,” said Dr Swamy.

He pointed out that state-of-the-art desalination plants could be set up in Tamil Nadu with the technology innovated by Israeli scientists. “I had written to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswamy that I would help him in getting the technology and set up such desalination plants with Israeli know-how. Though it is almost a year Palaniswamy has not responded,” said Dr. Swamy.

He also disclosed that the Department of Atomic Energy has set up desalination plants at Kalpakkam which take care of the water requirements of the Madras Atomic Power Stations and the Kalpakkam Township. This has been substantiated by the persons who fabricated the de-sal plants at the MAPS. “It is true. What Dr. Swamy says is correct. The desalination plants are feasible, economical and viable,” said a leading scientist of the Atomic Energy Commission[1].

The scientist also pointed out that two desalination plants are already functioning in Chennai and supply 200 million liters per day drinking water to the metropolis. “But you need political willpower and determination to set up such plants. The disadvantage is that politicians may not be able to make much money as commissions from these projects,” said the scientist.

The Tamil chauvinist political parties have started a blame game over the Supreme Court verdict that reduced the quantity of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu by 14 thousand million cubic feet. The Opposition DMK blamed the ruling AIADMK while the latter put the blame on the DMK. This has been going on for the last 50 years and a permanent solution for the Cauvery imbroglio remains elusive.

The scientist and Dr. Swamy pointed out that countries like Israel, Saudi Arabia have successfully installed desalination plants in those countries. “The entire water requirements in these countries are met by desalinating sea water. Why can’t we adopt that technology?” asks Dr. Swamy.

India has developed much cheaper technology for desalinating sea water. A unique desalination plant based on the Low-Temperature Thermal Desalination Technology  (LTTDT) developed by the scientists and engineers of National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT) at Chennai. The institute has set up two such plants at Kavaratti to meet the drinking water requirements of Agatti and Minicoy in Lakshadweep Islands[2].

Why this technology is not being used in Tamil Nadu and other water-starved places in the country has to be investigated. Team PGurus’s probe found out that Dr. S Kathiroli, the master brain behind the LTTD Technology was unceremoniously expelled from the institute.

The legal battle in the Supreme Court and the Cauvery Water Dispute Tribunal has benefitted only one particular group of persons. Farmers do not belong to this group. Readers of PGurus may be shocked to know that only lawyers, politicians and some bureaucrats in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka have benefited from this long drawn out legal war.

The super lawyers who appear for the States of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu in the apex court charge anything between Rs 50 lakhs to Re 1 crore for each appearance. A team of bureaucrats from both the States camp in the national capital and they would stay only in five-star hotels. Many times these officials from the rival States wine and dine together in top-notch bars in the capital. They really live up to the adage “Company Ka Maal…Paani  Mein Daal Do…”

Information gathered by RTI activists in 2007 show that Tamil Nadu and Karnataka spent Rs 47 crore as lawyer’s fee till 2007[3].

The latest official figure elicited through Right To Information Act says that till October 2016, Karnataka has spent  Rs 76 crores as fees for lawyers to fight for Cauvery and Krishna waters[4].

On Friday, a veteran journalist who has wide contacts in Karnataka Secretariat told Team PGurus that till 2017, Karnataka has shelled out Rs 100 crores for the superstar lawyers who represented the State in Supreme Court. It is certain that Tamil Nadu would have spent more than Rs 200 crores for hiring lawyers. B V  Acharya, the venerated legal expert who appeared for Karnataka in the Supreme Court when the Cauvery Delta Farmers Association of Tamil Nadu filed a writ petition challenging the disparity in the distribution of Cauvery waterway back in the 1960s had shown that the petition was not maintainable. Though the Supreme Court took Acharya’s line the Tamil Nadu politicians saw the issue as a gold mine and went ahead by filing cases after cases.

Veterans like Sir C P Ramaswamy Iyer, the former Diwan of Travancore who was also a member of the Constituent Assembly and Dr K L Rao, the visionary politician from Andhra Pradesh  had proposed the interlinking of major Indian rivers like Brahmaputra, Ganga, Godavari, Mahanadi, Cauvery, Krishna to address the perennial water shortage in the country. Dr. Subramanian Swamy in his popular treatise published in the 1970s had recommended that the peninsular Indian rivers should be interlinked so that south India could be made into an evergreen garden. But who listens? All political parties want the water shortage in this country to remain forever so that they could promise water to the people at the time of elections… A mentally challenged youth claimed that interlinking of the rivers would lead to ecological disaster. And we believe it. More about Inter-Linking of Rivers and the forces that oppose the project would soon be revealed… Stay tuned.

References:

[1] Swamy: Set up desalination plants along TN’s coastMar 21, 2017,The Pioneer

[2] Implementation of Desalination plants in Agatti and Minicoy (Official Portal of NIOT)

[3] Cauvery case: Lawyers pocket Rs. 23 croreJun 27, 2007, The Hindu

[4] Rs. 76 crores spent on advocate fees for Cauvery, KrishnaOct 3, 2016, New Indian Express

7 COMMENTS

  1. In both cases, the lawyers money has gone to Khangress loyal advocates like Kapil Sibal, Abhishek Singhvi, Tulsi, Manish Tiwari, Surjewala & many others !! Rs. 300 crores !!!

  2. Most important of all is ENFORCEMENT of TOTAL BAN on slaughter of Cows , Calves & Buffaloes.

    The reasons have been exhaustively dealt with in our Vedas. And explained lucidly by Sri.Kaanchi MaHaPeriyava(r).

    This is most crucial for adequate Rains. And to overcome water woes.

    Much before Tsunami struck coastal Tamil Nadu a Siddhar warned :-

    “Those who earn their livelihood by killing , eating all Marine Beings ought to be prepared to be consumed by the very Fish Bearing Oceans”.

    In another interview in Tamil , Sumanth Raman keeps mentioning MS.Swaminathan & his well known
    pontifications to people of Tamil Nadu to ”switch over to other crops” .

    There are many more Agriculturists who are more knowledgeable than over hyped MS.Swaminathan
    sans a Magsaysay award to flaunt. They have said it is people like MS.Swaminathan & C.Subramanian who hastily ushered in so called ”green revolution” by forcing high yield varieties & lots of chemical pesticides. The consequences have been disastrous.

    Sharad Pawars & Ms.Swaminathans have often told people of Tamil Nadu to switch over to wheat , ragi etc & stop cultivation of Rice itself. Whereas many say diabetes itself struck deep roots among people of Tamil Nadu when genetically altered varieties of wheat were forced down the throats of traditional rice eating populace.

    Another well known highly knowledgeable Farmer ( apolitical) told in an interview published in Thuglak
    Magazine ( when CHO Ramasvamy was alive) :-

    ” Traditionally ( and ideally) Paddy Fields are to be ploughed by Bullocks. NOT by tractors which lead to impaction of soil rendering it unfit for cultivation of Whole Urad ( a must for our Idlis , Doasa etc) ..soon after harvesting of Rice we would at once plant these Legumes….thus never letting fields lie fallow…
    all of which has been discontinued owing to mindless lending of loans for tractors where it is not needed…”.

    In Vedas it is Whole Urad & Urad Dal that are extolled as best source of Protein etc & that meat is to be replaced by Urad. The sweet called Jalebi ( Jaangiri) is made with ground Urad Dal & used in various Homams ( Havans).

    Our leftists’ distorted history books ( assisted by romila thapars) outrageously LIE that Brahmins were sacrificing Cows etc in Sacrificial Fires & that Buddha came & put an end to it through his ahimsa doctrine…blah blah.

    All these LIES have long been disproved by Kaanchi MaHaPeriyava(r).

    It is non vegetarians who are the water guzzlers. Factory farming of Animals needs to stop. Golf turfs guzzle too much of water. Carbonated pepsi & coke are also total waste. Swadeshi or multinational they are wasteful.

    There are plenty of other Animals & Birds also existing . They need water & food.
    Rice is extremely important as Offering in all our Temples.

    To appease MS Swaminathans we cannot replace Rice with soya , corn , millets & tapioca in our Temples.
    Rice Bran , Cottonseeds etc constitute Fodder for Cows & Buffaloes. Today the former gets diverted to make rice bran oil & about Bt Cotton heavily endorsed by MS Swaminathans the less said the better.

    There is a sudden fad for various millets in Tamil Nadu. There is a downside to them . The presence of goitrogens.

    The non vegetarians & vested interests are NOT going to change.
    Hence these problems are here to stay.

  3. Kindly do some research on ‘Applied Ecology’ before calling people mentally challenged for opposing ‘River interlinking’

    A ‘river interlinking project’ on this large scale is an environmental disaster. All critics of ecology are self absorbed echo chambers.

    Please do enough research and discuss with people with enough information on ecology and economics and the link between the two before trying to appear progressive and scientific geniuses.

  4. What an excellent information . I am wonder stuck as to why nobody listens to the sane advices of Dr. Subramanain Swamy garu . He is one of the most honest and upright human soul . Even BJP government does not support his ideas and solutions to very tricky issues . I feel he should establish his own party . Many honest people will join him . This is the right time , as in the next election this PM will not get majority .

  5. There is all round apathy,misplaced anger,empty talk flying around in this country at this moment. and what is most surprising is that modi with 282 seats is carrying big time jhumlas and headline hunting.It is no point blaming mediocre lowest common denominators dominating TN/Karnataka politics.Public are restless and they thought modi is going to be that messiah who will take India into a progressive path but he has turned out to be a big disappointment just carrying on what the congress has done since independence.His demonitisation,GST are all jhumlas made to distract voters from what is going on.We are stuck with a clueless smirking smug faced vote gathering machine on one side and a bunch of restless dacoit on the other side

  6. When you have generalists & loyalists in the govt, technocrats are ruled out for critical technical positions instead bureaucrats & IAS are given positions then this is what it happens.

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