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Karnataka, Tamil Nadu fight over formation of Cauvery board



Bangalore: Karnataka and Tamil Nadu continued their  war of words over the formation of Cauvery Management Board, that Tamil Nadu is pressing for but Karnataka is opposing.

Though the Centre made it clear it has no proposal at the moment to set up such a board after an all party delegation led by Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa claimed that a memorandum submitted to the PM by her Karnataka counterpart recently ''is replete with prevarications and misleading statements'' aimed at making the final order of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal itself ''nugatory."

Karnataka's contention is that since civil appeals against the final order of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal, filed by riparian Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala, are pending in the Supreme Court, no move should be made to form such a Board.

While Tamil Nadu demanded setting up of the CMB as per the Cauvery Dispute Tribunal verdict, Karnataka opposed this saying that the existing system of Cauvery Supervisory Committee headed by Union Water Resources Board is sufficient to monitor the release of water by the upper riparian state.

Some months ago, TN had approached the Supreme Court seeking a direction to the Centre to set up the Cauvery Management Board in view of Karnataka's plan to build a hydro-power station at Mekedatu and three reservoirs for the purpose but the apex court had said at that time that there was no urgency for it.

AFTAB H. KOLA - Our Correspondent

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