New Delhi: The Supreme Court will hear on December 3 an application filed by Tamil Nadu for a direction to the Centre to constitute the Cauvery Management Board as per the final award of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal to ensure strict implementation of the award.
A three-judge Bench of Chief Justice P. Sathasivam and Justices Ranjan Gogoi and Shiva Kirti Singh on Wednesday fixed the date of hearing after senior counsel for Tamil Nadu C.S. Vaidyanathan pleaded for early listing, stating that Karnataka was proceeding with certain projects. Senior counsel Anil Divan, appearing for Karnataka, said much water had flown to Tamil Nadu this year. Tamil Nadu in its application said Chief Minister Jayalalithaa in her letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on September 2 stated, inter alia, about Karnataka’s plan to construct a hydro-power station at Mekedatu and for this purpose, three reservoirs were planned to be constructed across the river Cauvery near Mekedatu. Further, she said, “Karnataka is proposing to utilise the surplus water of the Hemavathy and the Krishnarajasagar reservoirs at an estimated cost of Rs.500 to Rs.600 crore for drinking water schemes.” She stated that the proposed reservoirs near Mekedatu were new schemes not contemplated in the Final Order of the Tribunal; therefore, the proposal of Karnataka, besides being wholly illegal, was causing great alarm and apprehension in Tamil Nadu, as it would affect the flow of the river Cauvery considerably and will severely affect the irrigation in Tamil Nadu. She emphasised the need for setting up the CMB.