Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal
The Centre has notified the award of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal on 19.2.2013.
Section 6 of the Inter State River Water Disputes Act, 1956 mandates the Central Government to publish the decision of the Tribunal in the Official Gazette. Therefore, in exercise of this power as well as on the order dated 4th February, 2013 of Hon™ble Supreme Court, the Central Government has notified the award of CWDT on 19th February, 2013.
As per section 6 (2) of Inter State River Water Disputes Act, 1956, The decision of the Tribunal, after its publication in the Official Gazette by the Central Government under sub-section (1), shall have the same force as an order or decree of the Supreme Court. As per the Report of CWDT, Vol-V, Chapter 8, Machinery for implementation of Final Decision/Orders of the Tribunal mentions that an Inter-State forum to be called Cauvery Management Board shall be established for the purpose of securing compliance and implementation of the final decision of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal. Further, Clause-IX D of the Notification mentions that the Authority shall properly monitor the working of monthly schedule with the help of the concerned States and Central Water Commission for a period of five years and if any modification/adjustment is needed in the schedule thereafter, it may be worked out in consultation with the party States and help of Central Water Commission for future adoption without changing the annual allocation amongst the parties. Actions, accordingly, in consultation with concerned ministries are being undertaken.
This information was given by Union Water Resources Minister Shri Harish Rawat in the Rajya Sabha today in reply to a written question.