Cauvery water: Centre seeks states' views


Puducherry, Mar 10 Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy today said the Centre will face "serious consequences" if it delayed implementation of the Supreme Court verdict on the Cauvery dispute.

Palaniswami added that MPs from the state are protesting in New Delhi demanding the setting up of the Cauvery Water Regulatory Committee as well.

Tamil Nadu was represented by Chief Secretary Girija Vaidyanathan and Principal Secretary, Public Works Department SK Prabhakar and Cauvery Technical Committee chief R Subramanian.

However, Tamilnadu said that the mechanism meant constitution of Cauvery Management Board as suggested by the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal in its final award in 2007.

However, in the meeting held between the chief secretaries of the Cauvery Basin states with the Union Ministry of Water Resources.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Karnataka Chief Secretary Ratna Prabha said the unanimous decision taken at the meeting was that there should be a scheme.

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Union Water Resources Secretary Upendra Prasad Singh opined yesterday that in its last month's verdict, the Supreme Court didn't specifically say that a Cauvery Management Board ought to be set up.

In his letter, Stalin recalled that he had placed the same demand with Palaniswami during a meeting between the two on March three in order to reiterate Tamil Nadu's stand on Cauvery. What should be its structure, functions, roles and responsibilities? We sought the views of all the State Governments concerned.

"The sentiment of the member states, which also included Kerala, was that the physical assets (dams and other structures on the river) would continue to be with the respective states, while the regulation, water release and supervision aspects would be dealt with by the scheme", a senior official said.

Singh said there were more than one model available in the country, notably Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB) and Narmada Control Authority (NCA).

Opposition parties in Tamil Nadu including the DMK, the main opposition, have urged the State government clarify its stance on the issue. We have to recommend what should constitute a scheme.

Panneerselvam said that the government would soon re-open sand quarries in the State.