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

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

The court said it would take a decision on the scheme on May 16.

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 draft scheme on Cauvery to be submitted by the Centre tomorrow in the Supreme Court will provide justice to Tamil Nadu, Ganesan expressed hope, while talking to reporters here. "It is a great betrayal by the BJP at the centre", Karnataka water resources minister and Congress leader M.B. Patil said.

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The Centre further stated that the scheme could be bestowed with any nomenclature (Board, Authority, or Committee) as deemed appropriate and that it would allow the riparian states and Union Cabinet to check the draft, if the Supreme Court required for the same. 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 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". Already, Tamil Nadu is disappointed as the court reduced the State's share by 14.5 tmc to 177.25 tmc.

The bench listed the matter for next hearing to May 17.

The judgment was passed on a batch of appeals by Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala, challenging the 2007 award passed by the Cauvery River Water Disputes Tribunal which determined the utilizable quantum of water in the Cauvery at 740 tmcft. The Centre has suggested two heads for the CMB one from Karnataka and one from Tamil Nadu. The court had also directed the central government to constitute the Cauvery Water Management Board within six weeks to supervise implementation of the order.

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