On May 15, the court had rejected the Karnataka government's request to delay the finalisation of the scheme.
The top court on Wednesday asked the central government to modify its draft scheme for setting up of a Cauvery Management Board (CMB) that will be the sole authority for implementing the Cauvery Water Tribunal Award. A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said it will consider the suggestions given by all stakeholders while finalising the Cauvery scheme.
According to a report published in Hindustan Times, the Kerala government has also demanded that the control of dams and reservoirs should lie with the states as opposed to the Cauvery Management Board.
Almost three months after the Supreme Court directed the Centre to form a scheme implementing its judgment in the Cauvery dispute between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, the Centre has filed a draft of the scheme to the Supreme Court on May 14. The direction came after Karnataka government said that it would like to file objections on the Centre's draft scheme on distributing the waters of the Cauvery River.
The court has reserved its order on the draft plan and the overall distribution. The court ordered the Centre to "rectify the draft scheme".
The Opposition DMK in Tamil Nadu on Thursday termed as "hasty", "arbitrary", "unconstitutional", the Karnataka Governor's decision inviting the BJP to form the next government and said it would pave way for horse trading. "If it goes to July then Tamil Nadu will not be getting water in June". On February 16, the Supreme Court reduced the quantity of water Karnataka was asked to supply to Tamil Nadu by 14.75 tmc (thousand million cubic litres).