The Central government has finally prepared and submitted its scheme on Tamil Nadu’s Cauvery river water sharing in the Supreme Court (SC), and asked the beneficiary states to study it. Meanwhile, the hearing will be held today (May 16) in front of a five-justice bench.

The Cauvery river water sharing case has been long-ongoing regarding the dispute among southern states over the distribution of water. Taking account of this, the Centre had decided to intervene and solve the matter and promised to frame the scheme within six weeks as directed by the SC.  However, the Centre had failed to frame nor did it approach the court before March 31 deadline to convey that it had difficulties executing the decision of the court. The apex court then remarked the Centre for not framing a draft scheme for implementation of its judgment on the distribution of Cauvery river water amongst the states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala and Puducherry.

The SC had also asked the authorities of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka to keep peace in their states until the court acknowledges and approves the scheme for implementation of its judgment on Cauvery water distribution. On Tuesday, the Centre finally submitted the scheme for Cauvery river water sharing between Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Puducherry and Kerala. The draft includes the setting up of the Cauvery Water Management Board and Monitoring Authority for ensuring monthly releases and awaits the hearing sessions in the apex court to land a decision.

Now that the scheme has been submitted, the Supreme Court will consider the views of the states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Puducherry and Kerala, prior to the approval of the scheme. The hearing of the long-awaited Cauvery case will be begin from today. And once the judgment from the Supreme Court is made, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala and Union Territory of Puducherry would be entitled to get yearly 404.25 tmcft, 284.75 tmcft, 30 tmcft and 7 tmcft of Cauvery water respectively out of the total quantity of 740 tmcft.

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