Centre okays Cauvery Management Board in Supreme Court

Centre okays Cauvery Management Board in Supreme Court

The Supreme Court on Thursday reserved its order on the Central government's draft Cauvery management scheme, saying it would pass the order after examining whether the scheme was in consonance with its earlier judgment.

At the outset the CJI refused the plea of senior counsel Shyam Divan to defer the hearing till July, as the government formation in Karnataka is yet to take place.

Divan said that Cauvery Water Dispute Tribunal (CWDT) had provided for minimum water to be allowed to remain in the reservoir on behalf of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka to maintain a steady flow of water, adding that, the draft scheme does not deal with this aspect.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday had directed Centre to make a few modifications to the draft it had submitted on May 14.

The bench has now fixed the matter for Thursday to consider the modified draft scheme, which will ensure compliance of the February 16 apex court judgement relating to Cauvery water distribution among four States. "Instead, the draft scheme says it will only be a supervisory body", Stalin said.

The Centre was also asked to drop the clause that said that the Centre would give directions from time to time to the implementing authority - a clause objected to by Tamil Nadu.

The scheme outlined the process of allocating the share of the waters of the Cauvery River to Tamil Nadu and Karnataka taking in view the court's February judgment. "If it goes to July then Tamil Nadu will not be getting water in June".

The top court had modified the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal (CWDT) award of 2007 and made it clear that it will not be extending time for this on any ground.