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Cauvery board formation put off, SC gives nod for “technical team” (Relevant for GS mains paper II)

Order of SC
The Supreme Court put on hold its order to constitute the Cauvery Management Board (CMB) and finally settled for the Centre’s suggestion to appoint a “technical team” to visit the Cauvery basin and report back on the ground reality there.

The technical team led by G.S. Jha, Chairman, Central Water Commission, will visit the river basin along with nominees of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Kerala to submit a report in the Supreme Court by October 17. The court will hear the matter on October 18.

Allegation by SC
Tamil Nadu accused the Centre of “playing into the hands of the Karnataka government” to deny the people of Tamil Nadu their share of Cauvery water.

Appearing for the Centre, Attorney-General Mukul Rohatgi, at the outset of the hearing, submitted that the October 30 order to constitute the Cauvery Management Board cannot be complied with. Mr. Rohatgi said while the CMB was recommended by the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal in its final order in 2007, the tribunal award itself was under challenge in the Supreme Court.

The Bench agreed with Mr. Rohatgi, saying it was more “appropriate” to defer the setting up of the CMB. It then proceeded to list the appeals for hearing on October 18.



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