On the crucial Cauvery issue, the Tamil Nadu government moved the Supreme Court seeking directions to the Union ministry of water resources to appoint an “independent person” as chairman of the Cauvery Water Management Authority (CWMA).
The state also sought the appointment of the full-time members of the CWMA.
It need be mentioned that the move comes two days after the Tamil Nadu assembly came down heavily on the Central Water Commission chairman.
It is Central Water Commission chairman who is also holding the additional charge of the Cauvery Water Management Authority and had given clearance to the Karnataka government to prepare a detailed project report for the contentious Mekedatu reservoir project without the consent of the Tamil Nadu government, the lower riparian state.
The functions of the CWMA include the exercise of power to monitor the storage, apportionment and regulation and control of Cauvery waters.