Even as the all party delegation from Karnataka led by Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar made all out efforts to impress upon Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh to delay the notification of the final order of Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal (CWDT) or atleast, stall the constitution of ‘Cauvery Management Board’ (CMB), the Centre is likely to notify the final award of CWDT today as per directions of the Supreme Court. The all party delegation led by Shettar comprising Dy. CM R. Ashok, Water Resourses Minister Basavaraj Bommai, Law Minister Suresh Kumar, Housing Minister Somanna, Leader of the Opposition Siddaramaiah, Leader of the Opposition in the Council S.R. Patil, JD(S) leaders H.D. Revanna and Basavaraj Horatti. The delegation which met Prime Minister Dr. Singh at his # 7, Race Course Road residence in Delhi, failed to impress the latter who bluntly told the delegation that the SC’s order could not be violated. However, Shettar said that the delegation told Dr. Singh that CMB should not be constituted as several civil cases in the matter were pending in the Apex Court and the same could be formed only after disposal of those cases. It is learnt that Karnataka is oppossed to formation of CMB as it would deprive the State of all supervisory powers over the sharing of water as once the notification of the award is done, the Cauvery Monitoring Committee and the Cauvery River Authority would cease to exist. The team was also apprised of the legal complications by Union Law Minister Ashwani Kumar. The Cauvery Dispute Tribunal had finally apportioned 405 TMC ft. of water to Tamil Nadu, 270 TMC ft. for Karnataka, 30 TMC ft. for Kerala and 10 TMC ft. for Pondicherry and another 10 TMC ft. had been set aside for environmental protection.
Courtesy : Star Of Mysore