Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Cauvery water dispute: DMK working president MK Stalin slams draft scheme

Cauvery water dispute: DMK working president MK Stalin slams draft scheme

Attorney General K.K. Venugopal made this submission before a three-judge Bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A.M. Kanwilkar and D.Y. Chandrachud when senior counsel Shekar Naphade for Tamil Nadu suggested that the authority which has not been named in the "draft scheme" be christened as CMB. "We will pronounce the order tomorrow".

The Supreme Court rejected Karnataka's plea to put hearings in the Cauvery water sharing case on hold on grounds that there was no government in the state following Assembly election results. He said the Centre's draft scheme did not take this into account.

The Supreme Court Thursday reserved its order on finalisation of the Cauvery Management Scheme which will deal with the smooth distribution of water among four southern riparian states. "I am requesting for adjournment till first week of July as I do not have the assistance and instruction from the council of ministers of Karnataka", advocate Shyam Divan, representing Karnataka told the court.

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According to a report published in Hindustan Times, the Kerala government has also demanded that the control of dams and reservoirs should lie with the states as opposed to the Cauvery Management Board. It had raised the 270 tmcft share of Cauvery water for Karnataka by 14.75 tmcft and reduced Tamil Nadu's share, while compensating it by allowing extraction of 10 tmcft groundwater from the river basin, saying the issue of drinking water has to be placed on a "higher pedestal". The Centre had faced severe flak from political parties in Tamil Nadu for missing its six-week deadline.

The 2007 Cauvery Water Tribunal Award was modified and reaffirmed by the top court by its February 16 verdict.

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