What is Mother Cauvery statue?
The Karnataka government will construct a 125-feet tall statue of ‘Mother Cauvery’ at the Krishna Raja Sagar reservoir in Mandya district, about 90 km from Bengaluru. The statue, a tribute to the river often addressed as ‘mother’, is expected to be built at a cost of Rs 1,200 crore and across 400 acres. The entire project, which is likely to be completed within the next two years, will include the statue, a museum complex, two glass houses measuring around 360 feet that will give a bird’s eye view of the reservoir, a bandstand, indoor stadium and replicas of historical monuments.
“It is not exactly a statue, it will be like a tower. The land already belongs to the govt and we will be inviting investors to invest in it, no govt money will be used. It will be a tourist destination,” Karnataka Water Resources Minister DK Shivakumar had said.
The Significance of Cauvery
The Cauvery river, which originates in the foothills of the Western Ghats in Karnataka’s Kodagu, is the third largest after the Godavari and Krishna in south India.
The ‘Dakshina Ganga’ or the Ganges of the south, has been the economic backbone of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu through which it flows. The river is almost the Mother Goddess, entwined with the identity of the people there. It is celebrated in music and literature. Cauvery dispute: Two agreements under British rule and all that followed
The Cauvery dispute
Karnataka and Tamil Nadu have been at loggerheads over sharing of Cauvery water. In May, the Supreme Court delivered its verdict in the decades-old Cauvery water dispute, allocating more water to the state of Karnataka. The top court ordered the Karnataka government to release 177.25 tmcft of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu from its inter-state Biligundlu dam. The judgment clarified that Karnataka will now have an enhanced share of 14.75 tmcft water per year while Tamil Nadu will get 404.25 tmcft, which will be 14.75 tmcft less than what was allotted by the tribunal in 2007. Earlier, in accordance with the 2007 award of the Cauvery Water Dispute Tribunal (CWDT), Karnataka had a share of 270 tmcft of Cauvery water. This will now increase to 284.75 tmcft.