TN govt to study Cauvery scheme, opposition voices concern

State BJP president Tamilisai Soundararajan distributes sweets at her office on Tuesday following victory in Karnataka elections

TN govt to study Cauvery scheme, opposition voices concern

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.

The Supreme Court today rejected Karnataka's plea that the finalisation of the draft Cauvery management scheme should be put on hold as the process of formation of a new government in the state is underway.

Tamil Nadu had already said the draft scheme was a replica of the final award of the tribunal. "I wonder why he had not asked the same thing when the Congress was in power in Karnataka", the Minister said and thanked Stalin for greeting the BJP. "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 chose to constitute the Cauvery Management Scheme", he said. It had on May 8 summoned the Secretary of Union Water Resources Ministry to bring along with him the draft.

The Tamil Nadu government, meanwhile, objected to Centre's proposal to have the headquarters of the CMB in Bengaluru. The Centre, however, told the Supreme Court that it had failed to meet the May 3 deadline because Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the other ministers were busy with the Assembly elections in Karnataka.

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

The bench had said the scheme, once finalised, would deal with the issue of water share of the four states in different circumstances like normal and deficient water years in the Cauvery river basin. Karnataka had been demanding implementation of the Distress Formula, in which water to Tamil Nadu could be shared by Karnataka, based on the availability in the reservoirs of the Cauvery basin.

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