SC directs Centre to form Cauvery body

SC directs Centre to form Cauvery body

The Supreme Court today ordered the Centre to implement its draft Cauvery Management Scheme after finding it in consonance with its February 16 judgment.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra rejected the suggestions of the Karnataka and Kerala governments over the scheme, terming them as devoid of merits.

The Centre has suggested maintaining a monthly record of water released every day from the reservoirs, as directed by the Cauvery Management Board (CMB).

The amended draft scheme says in terms of water distributed to Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, the regulation committee of the Cauvery Management Board (CMB) to collect “daily release of water on a monthly basis from the reservoirs as directed by the authority”, according to an ANI report.

The judgment also found no truck in pursuing contempt action against Centre for not framing the draft scheme within deadline given in the February 16 judgment, saying the lapse was due to circumstances beyond the Centre’s grasp.

The bench, also comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, said the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal’s award, which was modified by the apex court, has to be taken to its logical conclusion by the Cauvery Management Scheme.