Supreme Court to examine Centre's Cauvery management scheme today

DMK terms K'taka Guv's decision on inviting BJP as 'hasty, arbitrary, unconstitutional'

DMK terms K'taka Guv's decision on inviting BJP as 'hasty, arbitrary, unconstitutional'

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

Even as the Tamil Nadu government said it would first study the Cauvery Draft Water Management Scheme submitted by the Centre in the Supreme Court on Monday, major state parties voiced opposition to the scheme. Shanmugam told reporters that the state would submit its views on the scheme to the apex court on May 16.

Karnataka and Tamil Nadu have fought over the river for more than a century now.

The Tamil Nadu government, meanwhile, objected to Centre's proposal to have the headquarters of the CMB in Bengaluru. "The court, however, left the decision to the discretion of the Union government to take a final call", Mr. Patil said.

The apex court had earlier rapped the Centre over the delay in filing of the draft Cauvery management scheme. This is the seventh consecutive year that the Mettur dam can not be opened for irrigation on the scheduled date (June 12) mostly because of Karnataka's failure to release the quantum of water stipulated in the Tribunal award.

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Also, the Centre and the Karnataka government have agreed to name the body as Cauvery Management Board, reports said.

He said that the Centre's proposal had brought back the water dispute to the starting point all over again.

The top court had then 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, saying the issue of drinking water has to be placed on a "higher pedestal".

Kamal Haasan met Stalin and invited him for the meeting.

It is not known what was Rajinikanth's response to the invite.

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