Centre submits Cauvery draft scheme in Supreme Court for approval

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When the case came up before the court on 8 May, the Centre sought more time to file its reply on forming the Cauvery scheme to apportion the river water as per the order of the Supreme Court.

"We need to examine whether the said scheme is in consonance with our judgement", said the bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud. Out of the 419 tmcft allocated to Tamil Nadu, 192 tmcft would be supplied by Karnataka. The states would contribute a matching amount together in the ratio of Kerala, 15 per cent, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka 40 per cent each and the Union territory of Puducherry 5 per cent.

Mr Palaniswamy further said that former Chief Minister Jayalalitha had taken effective and serious steps on the issue.

"I hope there will be a good verdict on 16 May", he told reporters, apparently referring to the Supreme Court saying on Monday that it would consider and approve the scheme that day. But the order was not obeyed, leading to Tamil Nadu government preferring a contempt petition against the Union government.

Meanwhile, the Centre said that it was open to any nomenclature for the implementing authority of the scheme - Board, Authority or Committee.

The Centre would contribute Rs 2 crore for setting up the authority.

MNM president and actor Kamal Haasan again claimed that politics was being played on the Cauvery issue and called for unity among farmers and people of the state on the matter.

During the hearing, the Centre is expected to submit a draft scheme for distribution of water to Tamil Nadu.

Giving its ruling on appeals against the CWDT's final award, the Supreme Court on February 16 directed the Centre to constitute the CMB within six weeks. "The scheme would undertake the work of the Water Dispute Tribunal".