The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Centre to take instructions as to when it proposed to constitute the Cauvery Management Board (CMB) and the Cauvery Water Regulation Committee (CWRC) so as to effectively implement the final order of the Cauvery Tribunal during the irrigation season commencing from June 1.
A Bench of Justices R.M. Lodha and Sharad A. Bobde was hearing an application from Tamil Nadu for a direction to the Centre to constitute the CMB and the CWRC.
Senior counsel for Tamil Nadu C.S. Vaidyanathan told the court that the Centre had filed its reply stating that the notification to constitute the CMB was deferred in view of the Karnataka Assembly polls. Now that the polls were over, the court could ask the Centre as to when it proposed to issue the notification.
Additional Solicitor General Siddarth Luthra, appearing for the Centre, sought time to take instructions and the Bench after hearing senior counsel Fali Nariman for Karnataka posted the matter for further hearing on Friday.
Tamil Nadu in its application said “the area and the extent of allocation made in the final award in February 2007 among the States from the dependable yield of 740 tmcft. determined by the Tribunal are: Kerala; 30 tmcft; Karnataka, 270 tmcft; Tamil Nadu, 419 tmcft; Union Territory of Puducherry, 7 Water Requirement for environmental protection, 10 Inevitable escapages into sea, 4. Of this Karnataka should release every year 192 tmcft to Tamil Nadu from its reservoirs.
It said the Tribunal was of the view that there was a need for setting up an appropriate mechanism and recommended an independent machinery to implement its decision. It recommended for the constitution of the CMB and the CWRC with the roles, functions, powers etc.
It said the Central Government was mandated to constitute the Board simultaneously with the gazette notification of the final award of the Tribunal dated February 19.
It was expected that the Centre would also constitute the CWRC so that the decision of the Tribunal was given effect to without having to move this Court from time to time.