Cauvery row: Centre submits draft scheme 3 months after SC order

Cauvery row: Centre submits draft scheme 3 months after SC order

In Salem, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswamy pointed out that the Centre submitted the draft Cauvery management scheme following a directive from the top court.

The authority will also take stock of the utilization/releases and storage in the river basin every two months and assess the trend of inflows so as to authorize withdrawal of water to the states.

In a huge relief to Tamil Nadu, the Centre on Monday submitted the "draft scheme" for implementation of the February 16 judgment on allocation of water among the states of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Union Territory of Puducherry.

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On May 3, when the matter came up, the Centre failed to meet the deadline of the Supreme Court saying it could not finalise the scheme for Cauvery as Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Cabinet colleagues were busy campaigning for the Karnataka Assembly elections. A three-judge bench, comprising of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices Amitava Roy and AM Khanwilkar in its over 460-page order deemed it appropriate to award Karnataka an additional 14.75 tmc of water on account of availability of 10 tmc groundwater in Tamil Nadu, besides another 4.75 tmc for the water needs of the whole city of Bengaluru. The new water sharing scheme would be applicable for the next 15 years.

It said the proposed authority shall implement the Supreme Court's February 16 order, by which it had raised the water share of Karnataka and reduced the share of Tamil Nadu. It would have an "eminent engineer" as chairman, two full-time and two part-time members each to be appointed by the Centre (from the water resources and agriculture ministries) and four part-time members to be represented by the four states.

The bench was hearing the plea filed by the State of Tamil Nadu seeking to initiate contempt proceedings against the Centre for not constituting the Cauvery Management Board (CMB) within the stipulated period of six weeks.

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