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Cauvery water dispute: Centre submits draft scheme to implement Supreme Court order

Cauvery water dispute: Centre submits draft scheme to implement Supreme Court order

The Union ministry suggested maintenance of accounts of domestic and industrial water consumption by four states - Karnataka, Tamil Madu, Kerala and Puducherry.

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

Meanwhile, opposition leader and DMK working president MK Stalin said "expectations have gone up" in the state when the Centre would fully implement the draft management scheme.

According to the draft scheme, the decision of the proposed board or "authority to be vested with the implementation of the judgment is binding on all the states".

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The draft scheme on Cauvery to be submitted by the Centre tomorrow in the Supreme Court will provide justice to Tamil Nadu, Ganesan expressed hope, while talking to reporters here.

"If any delay or shortfall is caused in release of water on account of default of any state, the authority shall take appropriate action to make good the deficiency by subsequently deducting indented releases of that state".

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

During the hearing, the Centre is expected to submit a draft scheme for distribution of water to Tamil Nadu. He also said the late J Jayalalithaa had taken many steps in connection with the issue. The Supreme Court will soon tell the Centre to give the scheme. "Due to her efforts, we hoped that the apex court's final verdict would fully favour Tamil Nadu and be of huge help to the entire farming community of the state, " he added. But the order was not obeyed, leading to Tamil Nadu government preferring a contempt petition against the Union government.