India's Supreme Court May 16 rejected arguments from the state of Karnataka that finalization of the new draft Cauvery management scheme should be put on hold as the process of formation of a new government in the state is underway.
India's government this week had earlier placed before the Supreme Court a draft of the Cauvery river management plan for implementation of the court's February judgment over sharing the river's water.
The Supreme Courts has asked the government to modify a provision in the draft plan that authorizes the government to issue directions "from time to time" on long-disputed Cauvery water distribution arrangements between four southern riparian states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala and Puducherry.
The draft plan proposes creation of a new, as-yet-unnamed authority to monitor implementation of the Cauvery Tribunal’s final distribution awards. The powers and functions of the authority would extend to apportionment, regulation and control of Cauvery waters, supervision of operations of reservoirs and regulation of water releases.