TN Fisheries Minister stresses on formation of CMB

Prime News, Nation, (Chennai), March 10:-Tamil Nadu fisheries minister D Jayakumar on Friday said that the state government will stress on the Central Government for the formation of Cauvery Management Board (CMB).

Jayakumar’s statement comes hours after Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) supremo H D Deve Gowda asked the Centre to set up the CMB if it benefits Karnataka and ensured increased share of water to the state.

“There is clear cut order of Supreme Court for the constitution of Cauvery Management Board within six weeks of time. Tamil Nadu Government will stress that the Supreme Court verdict is implemented,” Jayakumar told reporters here.

The Supreme Court on February 16 had ordered the Central Government to set up the CMB and the Cauvery Water Regulatory Committee within six weeks.

The apex court had also increased Karnataka’s share of Cauvery water and reduced Tamil Nadu’s share to 177.25 thousand million cubic feet.

The parties to the dispute were the states of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala, who challenged the 2007 order of the Cauvery Water Dispute Tribunal (CWDT) on the sharing of Cauvery, the Ganga of southern India.

Cauvery originates in Karnataka’s Kodagu district, flows into Tamil Nadu, and reaches the Bay of Bengal at Poompuhar.

The Tamil Nadu government in 2016 sought the apex court’s intervention, saying there was a deficit of 50.0052 TMC ft of water released from Karnataka’s reservoirs, with respect to the minimum limit prescribed by the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal.

-(NAV, Inputs: Agencies)

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