Union Water Resource Minister Harish Rawat is said to have informed a Tamil Nadu Congress MP that the final award of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal (CWDT) might be published in the official gazette after getting the nod from the Law Ministry and placing before the Cabinet in a week’s time.
The Minister told this to Lok Sabha member K.S. Alagiri (Cuddalore) when the latter called on Mr. Rawat to urge immediate notification of the tribunal's award as the paddy fields in Tamil Nadu were going dry without Cauvery water thus greatly affecting the ongoing Samba crop.
According to Mr. Alagiri, the Minister told him that the file on the subject, which was sent to the Law Ministry, was likely to reach Water Resource Ministry in a day or two.
Thereafter it would be placed before the Cabinet and for it nod. After doing so, the final award would be published. While Karnataka is strongly opposing the notification of the final award, Tamil Nadu is fighting for its immediate publication.
CWDT in its final award ordered Tamil Nadu to get 419 tmcft of water (as against the demand of 562 tmcft), Karnataka 270 tmcft (as against its demand of 465 tmcft), Kerala 30 tmcft, and Puducherry 7 tmcft. It had reserved 10 tmcft of water for environmental protection.
The CWDT’s award would come into effect within 90 days of its publication in the gazette.
After the issuance of the notification, institutions like the Cauvery River Authority and the Cauvery Monitoring Committee would be wound up and instead the Cauvery Management Board and the Cauvery Water Regulation Committee , consisting of the riparian States' representatives and the officials of the agriculture and irrigation department, would come into existence.