Draft Cauvery scheme submitted in SC
The Centre on 14 May 2018 submitted the draft Cauvery management scheme,
- The apex court said that it will not go into “correctness of the scheme” and rather confine itself to whether the scheme was in consonance with its February 16 judgment.
- The top court had on May 8 summoned the Secretary of the Union Water Resources Ministry to appear before it today with the draft scheme and warned the Centre that it was in “sheer contempt” of the February 16 verdict by not framing the Cauvery management scheme on river water sharing between the four southern riparian states till now.
- The apex court had on February 16 asked the Centre to formulate a scheme to ensure compliance of its judgment on the decades-old Cauvery dispute.
- It had modified the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal (CWDT) award of 2007 and made it clear that it will not be extending time for this on any ground.
- The top court had then 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”.