Cauvery management scheme: SC refuses Karnataka’s plea to adjourn hearing

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused Karnataka’s repeated pleas to stall the Cauvery management scheme framed by the Centre till the dust settles on the government formation in the State.

The Karnataka government also said that it would like to file its objections on the Centre’s draft scheme on distributing the waters of the Cauvery River.

The Kerala government also objected to the Centre’s draft scheme, saying they get 4% of the water and are expected to shell out 15% of the cost towards the board. It said that the control of dams and reservoirs should lie with states as opposed to the Cauvery Management Board. Its objections were also rejected by the top court.

The top court asked the Centre to file a modified scheme by Thursday.

The government filed the draft scheme before the court on Monday outlining how it proposes to follow the court’s February judgment allocating the share of the waters of the Cauvery river to Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, weeks after being pulled up for failing to implement the court’s order.