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Draft Cauvery management scheme: TN hopes for favourable verdict on May 16

Press Trust of India  |  Salem/Chennai 

After the Centre submitted the draft Cauvery management scheme in the today, the government expressed hope that the court will give a favourable verdict on May 16 on the inter-state river dispute.

The opposition DMK reiterated its demand for setting up of an empowered (CMB) to implement the court order on the river-water sharing between the stakeholders - Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, and Puducherry.

In Salem, K Palaniswami pointed out that the Centre submitted the draft Cauvery management scheme following a directive from the top court.

"I hope there will be a good verdict on May 16," he told reporters, apparently referring to the saying today that it would consider and approve the scheme that day.

He said Tamil Nadu's demand was that the CMB and should be set up, and recalled the AIADMK's legal struggle on this issue.

Palaniswami's deputy O Panneerselvam said former chief ministers and J Jayalalithaa had struggled to secure Tamil Nadu's interests on the complex issue.

"Much like they took forward so many struggles to ensure the livelihood rights (of on Cauvery), this (AIADMK) government will also do the same," he told reporters in

Earlier today, the Centre submitted to the apex court the draft Cauvery management scheme, to ensure smooth distribution of water between the states concerned, with the dispute having turned a key point of contention between Tamil Nadu and for years.

A bench, comprising and justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, took on record the draft scheme submitted by the Union water resource and said it would peruse it.

"We need to examine whether the said scheme is in consonance with our judgement," the bench said, adding it would consider and approve the scheme on May 16.

The top court on May 8 had summoned the to appear before it today with the draft scheme and warned the Centre 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.

Meanwhile, and DMK working M K said "expectations have gone up" in the state when the Centre would fully implement the draft management scheme.

Reiterating his party's stand on constitution of the CMB, he urged the ruling AIADMK to convene a meeting of all political parties and farmers' unions tomorrow to discuss the matter.

"People of Tamil Nadu and farmers in the (Cauvery) delta region expect the setting up of an empowered CMB and safeguard the state's rights," he said in a statement and urged the to put forth effective arguments on May 16 to win its case.

Tamil Nadu should insist that the Centre set up the CMB, he added.

MDMK founder said the "question mark that remains is" whether any new panel would be an empowered one.

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

He also proposed to have a possible meeting with the next on the issue and hoped for some solution since the of that state "may be from any party, but he is also human."

The apex court on February 16 asked the Centre to formulate a scheme to ensure compliance of its judgement on the decades-old Cauvery dispute.

It had modified the (CWDT) award of 2007 and made it clear that it would not extend time for this on any grounds.

The top court had then raised the 270 tmcft share of Cauvery water for 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".

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First Published: Mon, May 14 2018. 16:55 IST