Progress in Adjudication of the Dispute before the CWDT
The Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal (CWDT) was constituted by the Government of India on 2nd June 1990 to adjudicate the water dispute regarding inter-state river Cauvery and the river valley thereof. The Tribunal had also passed an Interim Order in June, 1991 and further Clarificatory Orders on the Interim Order in April, 1992 and December, 1995. The Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal has submitted its reports and decision under Section 5 (2) of Inter-State River Water Disputes Act, 1956 to Government on 5th February, 2007. The party states and the Central Govt. have sought clarification and guidelines under Section 5(3) of the Act. The terms of the tribunal has been extended upto 2.11.08 as per provisions of ISRWD Act, 1956. Further, the party states have also filled SLPs in the Hon’ble Supreme Court against Cauvery tribunals report and Hon’ble Supreme Court has granted leave. The matter was last heard by Hon’ble Supreme Court on 29.7.08 and the Hon’ble court passed the order that the matter maybe listed before a three Judge bench in Nov, 2008.
Monitoring of the implementation of Interim order of CWDT
Under the provisions of Section 6A of the ISWD Act, 1956, the Central Government has notified a Scheme called Cauvery Water (implementation of the Order of 1991 and all subsequent Related Orders of the Tribunal) Scheme, 1998, consisting of Cauvery River Authority (CRA) and Cauvery Monitoring Committee (CMC). The Cauvery River Authority consists of the Prime Minister as Chairperson and Chief Ministers of the basin States as members. The Monitoring Committee consists of Secretary, MOWR as Chairperson, Chief Secretaries and Chief Engineers of the basin States as Members and Chairman, Central Water Commission as Member. The Authority is required to give effect to the implementation of the Interim Order dated 25th June 1991 of the Tribunal and its related subsequent orders. So far CRA has held 6 meetings and CMC has held 25 meetings. 25th meeting of CMC was held on 24.08.2010.
» Final order of Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal (PDF 18.8 kb)
» Report and Decision of Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal