Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

SC rejects Karnataka's plea to stall finalisation of draft Cauvery scheme

SC rejects Karnataka's plea to stall finalisation of draft Cauvery scheme

The state had cited the government formation that is under way as the reason it needs more time.

Even as the Tamil Nadu government said it would first study the Cauvery Draft Water Management Scheme submitted by the Centre in the Supreme Court on Monday, major state parties voiced opposition to the scheme.

On February 16, the apex court had asked the Centre to frame the Cauvery management scheme, which also included creating the Cauvery Managament Board, within six weeks for the release of water from Karnataka to Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry.

A Bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra asked Attorney General K K Venugopal to modify the scheme and submit it for approval on Thursday.

Wondering who would implement the tribunal's award, the PMK leader said that dams built across the Cauvery in Karnataka would be under the control of that state, in which case that state's government would not abide by the decisions of the proposed body. "I am requesting for adjournment till the first week of July as I do not have the assistance and instruction from the council of ministers of Karnataka", Divan said.

The Kerala government has also raised objection on the draft scheme. The top court also rejected these objections.

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The DMK has also called for an all party meeting on May 17 - a day after the Supreme Court hearing in the case to chalk out next course of action on the Cauvery issue. It had on May 8 summoned the Secretary of Union Water Resources Ministry to bring along with him the draft.

The changes were suggested after the Centre had submitted a draft scheme on the implementation of the Cauvery waters verdict.

In February, the court had asked the Centre to set up a Cauvery Water Management Board by March 29, and later extended the deadline to May 3.

Both Karnataka and Tamil Nadu are having water sharing dispute of Cauvery River.

Tamil Nadu All Farmers Association Coordinator P.R. Pandian said that the Centre's action was absolutely against the interests of Tamil Nadu and was heavily in favour of Karnataka.

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