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Supreme Court approves government's draft on Cauvery management scheme

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, IndiaUpdated: May 18, 2018, 03:05 PM IST

File photo. Photograph:(Zee News Network)

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The apex court said the Cauvery Tribunal award has to be taken to its logical conclusion by the Cauvery Management Scheme.

The Supreme Court has approved government's draft Cauvery management scheme for the smooth distribution of water among four states - Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala and Puducherry.

India's top court dismissed Tamil Nadu's plea seeking initiation of contempt against Centre for the non-finalisation of Cauvery scheme. 

The apex court said the Cauvery Tribunal Award has to be taken to its logical conclusion by the Cauvery management scheme.

The Supreme Court also rejected the suggestion of Karnataka and Kerala governments for the scheme, terming it as devoid of merits.

The apex court while delivering the verdict in February had asked the government to frame the Cauvery management scheme, including the creation of the Cauvery management board for the release of water from Karnataka to Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry.

The Court had earlier rapped the Centre for failing to fame a scheme for the distribution of water to the four states, declaring that it was "sheer contempt" of its direction.

The Supreme Court had 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.