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Court Restrains Water Sale from Tamirabarani in Tamil Nadu

The Tamirabarani river is a part of the ecological and cultural landscape, and traditions of the people of Tamil Nadu. Unfortunately, public resources like the river water are sold at throwaway prices to corporations, who in turn resell the water either in the form of packaged drinking water or as aerated beverages. The political economy of the river and the state’s industrial plans, require radical rethinking.

The Madras High Courts Madurai bench order on 20 November 2016, restraining the taking of water for multinational companies (MNCs) from the Tamirabarani river, the only perennial river in backward south Tamil Nadu, is a victory for those who fought for protecting common property resources (CPRs). Liberalisation, privatisation and globalisation policies enable MNCs to exploit natural resources away from the fast growing consumer-base economies like India. While a drought-like situation is prevailing in large parts of Tamil Nadu, the recent court order is a blessing in disguise to the local population.

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Published On : 23rd Feb, 2024

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