TN govt to study Cauvery scheme, opposition voices concern

Lawrence Kim
May 16, 2018

Tamil Nadu had already said the draft scheme was a replica of the final award of the tribunal.

Directing the Centre to file a reply on the submissions of the States, the apex court adjourned the case to tomorrow. "We were expecting the Centre to use its discretion to implement the Distress Formula under Distress Redressal Mechanism, but going against the interests of Karnataka, it has made a decision to constitute the Cauvery Management Scheme", he said. According to the Kerala government, the state gets 4% of the water and is expected to pay 15% of the cost towards the board. The top court also rejected these objections.

The apex court had earlier rapped the Centre over the delay in filing of the draft Cauvery management scheme.

PMK founder S. Ramadoss said the draft scheme did not involve the power to implement the award of the Cauvery Water Dispute Tribunal.

The central government had filed the draft scheme before the court on Monday.

"The DMK leader has congratulated the BJP for its victory in elections and urged it not to violate Tamil Nadu's rights on Cauvery as per the Supreme Court order and strive for cordial ties with TN". On February 16, the Supreme Court reduced the quantity of water Karnataka was asked to supply to Tamil Nadu by 14.75 tmc (thousand million cubic litres).

Ramadoss demanded that the Tamil Nadu government oppose the Centre's proposal on the Cauvery water sharing body.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the Centre to modify its draft scheme for setting up of the Cauvery Management Board (CMB) that will be the sole authority for implementing the Cauvery Water Tribunal Award. However, the Centre failed to set up the board within the deadline, which triggered protests in Tamil Nadu.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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