SC Rejects Karnataka's Plea To Stall Finalisation Of Draft Cauvery Scheme

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

Accusing the Union government of cheating the people of Karnataka by submitting the draft Cauvery management scheme in the Supreme Court, Water Resources Minister M.B. Patil said that the BJP government has washed away all the efforts made by Karnataka to protect the interests of the people of the Cauvery basin.

The Kerala government has also raised objection on the draft scheme.

Karnataka today informed the Supreme Court that it would support the Centre's Cauvery Draft Action Plan, barring a few clauses.

Political parties had criticised the suggestion to locate the headquarters at Bengaluru.

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected Karnataka's petition for a stay on the finalisation of the draft Cauvery water-sharing scheme, PTI reported.

Stalin said the decision whether to attend the meeting convened by MNM would be taken at the all party meeting convened by DMK on May 17. Chief Secretary Girija Vaidyanathan was also present during the deliberations.

The Centre was also asked to drop the clause that said that the Centre would give directions from time to time to the implementing authority - a clause which was objected to by Tamil Nadu.

Karnataka and Tamil Nadu have fought over the river for more than a century now. 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. In the plea, In the plea Karnataka asked the top court to adjourn the hearing as there was no government in the state. Official sources said that however, Tamil Nadu would insist that the draft scheme be notified immediately.

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