Govt submits draft Cauvery scheme

The Supreme Court will on Tuesday hear if the states and UT have objections to the Centre’s draft scheme

The Supreme Court will on Tuesday hear if the states and UT have objections to the Centre’s draft scheme

The centre on Monday proposed, in its draft scheme for sharing of Cauvery water between four southern states, setting up of a nine-member authority to ensure smooth water distribution.

"We need to examine whether the said scheme is in consonance with our judgment", the bench said, adding that it would consider and approve the scheme on May 16.

"Regulated release by Karnataka at the inter-state contact point located on common border of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu", the draft Cauvery Management scheme said.

The Centre had dragged its feet on forming the scheme for the Cauvery Management Board by first saying that it wanted clarification on the word "scheme" used by the Supreme Court.

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It had modified the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal (CWDT) award of 2007 and made it clear that it would not extend the time for this on any grounds.

The draft scheme will be circulated among Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala and union territory Puducherry and the court will on Tuesday hear if they have objections to it. The Centre, despite being harangued by the apex court, has been waiting for the conclusion of Karnataka elections, which ended on May 12, to submit the draft scheme.

The Centre has also reportedly stated that the headquarters of this yet-to-be-named authority will be in Bengaluru. Soon after the Centre complied with the SC order on Monday, the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) working president MK Stalin and CPI (M) state secretary K Balakrishnan urged the state government to convene an all-party meeting to discuss the issue. It may be noted that Palaniswami on Sunday said that the Cauvery issue has reached a last stage where the state is awaiting for a final verdict in favour of Tamil Nadu. Today the Centre has filed it and there are various features on it.

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