Draft scheme on Cauvery Management Board submitted to SC, Centre suggests…

It says the decision of the authority to be vested with the implementation of the judgment is binding on all the states, says the scheme.

"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.

Chennai: After repetitive delays, the Centre on Monday finally submitted a Cauvery draft water management scheme in the Supreme Court.

Earlier this year, the Supreme Court's verdict on the century-long dispute between the two states ruled, "It needs no special emphasis to state that the objective of Section 6A is to act in the manner in which the award determines the allocation and decides the dispute with regard to allocation or sharing of water".

"The authority will on June 1 every year determine the total residual storage in the specified reservoirs as it is not possible to know season-wise river flows.", the scheme said.

On 16 February, the court asked Karnataka to release 177.25tmcft of water to Tamil Nadu as against an earlier quantum of 192tmcft.

"People of Tamil Nadu and farmers in the (Cauvery) delta region expect the setting up of an empowered CMB and safeguard the state's rights", he said in a statement and urged the state government to put forth effective arguments on 16 May to win its case.

Speaking to reporters on Monday, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswamy said, "Tamil Nadu's demand is that the Cauvery Management Board and Cauvery Water Regulation Committee has to be formed".

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.

A three-judge bench had then enhanced Karnataka's share of the water from the original award by the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal in 2007, with a directive that a board comprising technical experts from all the four riparian states be set up within six weeks.

Vanessa Coleman