The Centre on Monday (May 14) after much delay finally submitted the draft scheme on Cauvery Management Board (CMB) to the Supreme Court.
A bench, comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, said it will not go into "correctness of the scheme" and rather confine itself to whether the scheme was in sync with its judgment.
The draft scheme, of which UNI has a copy, says that in case the decision of the newly-formed Cauvery Management Authority (yet to be finalised) is contested by any party state, then the Centre will intervene and its decision shall be final.
He has made certain suggestions and observations in the draft scheme. Since the concerned ministers were in Karnataka in connection with the Assembly election in the state, it was not possible to get the ministerial approvals for the scheme; besides, it would not be advisable to announce the draft scheme before the poll and vitiate the law and order situation there, he had said. "I am expecting better days ahead for our farmers as the southwest monsoon is expected to set in by the end of May and we will have the Supreme Court delivering us justice", said Ranganathan, adding, "I am now 82 and I have been waging this Cauvery war for four decades".
The Centre has also reportedly stated that the headquarters of this yet-to-be-named authority will be in Bengaluru.
This will involve determination of the total residual storage in various reservoirs on 1 June every year.
"The Cauvery Water Management Scheme presented by the Centre to the Supreme Court here on Monday states that distress will be shared between basin states in proportion to the quantum of water allocated to each one".
The Centre had faced severe flak from political parties in Tamil Nadu for missing its six-week deadline.
The authority would also decide on the distress formula in water-sharing.
Palaniswamy's deputy O Panneerselvam said former chief ministers MG Ramachandran and J Jayalalithaa had struggled to secure Tamil Nadu's interests on the complex issue. The Supreme Court has assured to consider and approve the scheme after going through it on May 16.
"The authority shall take care of storage, apportionment, regulation and control of Cauvery waters; It shall supervise the operation of reservoirs and regulation of water releases with assistance from Regulation Committee".
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