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Centre submits Cauvery water management plan in Supreme Court

Team SoOLEGAL 15 May 2018 1:24pm

Centre submits Cauvery water management plan in Supreme Court

New Delhi: Centre which had been at receiving end of SC wrath for delay in setting of Cauvery Management Board, submitted a draft of the Cauvery water management scheme before the Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud .The court said it would examine the scheme and, gave the four stakeholder states Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry time till Wednesday to file their responses on it.

In the last hearing held on May 3, the Centre despite the deadline given by the court asked for more time for submission as it said that the PM and the cabinet is busy in Karnataka elections and hence the Cabinet could not review it. This delay by Centre agitated the court with the court calling it sheer contempt. Consequently the court summoned the secretary of the water resources ministry.

Centre had to do balancing act as Karnataka had opposed formation of a Cauvery Management Board and Tamil Nadu supported it. In the draft scheme centre has proposed an authority and a Cauvery Water Regulation Committee to implement the award of the Cauvery Water Dispute Tribunal (CWDT).

While the authority will be responsible for joining of reservoirs across the four states, maintaining an account of the domestic and industrial water usage by states and finding out determination of storage at the beginning of the water year, the major responsibility will rest with central government which will have final say in case a dispute arises. The draft scheme envisages that in case any of the states does not cooperate, the authority can seek assistance from central government. However, decision of the centre would be binding on the states.

The authority will be based in Bengaluru and will comprise of a chairman, two whole-time members, two part-time members and four part-time members from states. Its expenses are to be borne in the ratio of 40:40 by Karnataka and Tamil Nadu and 15 per cent by Kerala and rest 5 per cent by Puducherry.

The role of Cauvery water regulation committee would be to collect data on daily water levels, inflows and storage positions at different reservoirs such as Hemavathy, Harangi, Krishnarajasagara, Kabini, Mettur, Bhavanisagar, Amaravathy and Banasurasagar .It will further have to collect daily water flows at the inter-state contact point between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu at Billingudlu gauge and discharge site.

Tagged: Cauvery Management Board   SC   Centre   CWDT  
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