"All the states concerned are making submissions to the draft scheme".
However, the counsels for Karnataka are likely to seek an adjournment of the case since Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has resigned after the electoral defeat and since the political situation is in a flux in that state now. The state had cited the government formation that is under way as the reason it needs more time. "We were expecting the Centre to use its discretion to implement the Distress Formula under Distress Redressal Mechanism, but going against the interests of Karnataka, it has chose to constitute the Cauvery Management Scheme", he said. The top court also rejected these objections.
The DMK has also called for an all party meeting on May 17 - a day after the Supreme Court hearing in the case to chalk out next course of action on the Cauvery issue. The scheme outlined the process of allocating the share of the waters of the Cauvery River to Tamil Nadu and Karnataka taking in view the court's February judgment.
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The central government had filed the draft scheme before the court on Monday. The Supreme Court had earlier pulled up the Centre for failing to implement the court's order.
Decisions taken by this authority alone can ensure release of water for the kuruvai season in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka has failed to release 4 tmc of water as ordered by the SC. In its verdict on February 16, the Supreme Court had reduced Tamil Nadu's share of water from the river Cauvery while Karnataka's part got a boost.
In February, the court had asked the Centre to set up a Cauvery Water Management Board by March 29, and later extended the deadline to May 3.