In its February verdict, the Supreme Court had raised the 270 tmcft share of Karnataka by 14.75 tmcft and reduced Tamil Nadu’s share of Cauvery river water. It had granted six weeks to the Centre to regulate a scheme to ensure compliance of its judgement, which changed the Cauvery Water Dispute Tribunal Award. The six-week period has ended on 29 March.
As the central government has failed to act upon the Supreme Court’s order to constitute a Cauvery Water Management Board (CWMB) within six-week period, On 31 March, both the Centre and the Tamil Nadu state government moved to the supreme court on the issue of constitution and composition of the CWMB in compliance with the 16 February verdict of the apex court docket on the vexed problem.
The opposition party DMK has announced protests in Valluvar Kottam in Chennai from April 2 to April 4. Slamming both State and Central government, DMK party leader MK Stalin has promised to continue with protests till the Cauvery Management Board is established.
They plan to continue their protests, after a meeting with all opposition parties on Sunday, a state-wide bandh was announced on April 5, 2018. This protest is against the central government’s inaction towards constituting the Cauvery Water Management Board.
MK Stalin called all the traders and transport unions to participate in this bandh. Stalin has also said that ”It’s a Cauvery Rights Retrieval Yatra”.
Farmer’s organizations also decided to given a bandh call on 3 April for the Cauvery issue. Tamil Nadu CM Edapadi K Palaniswamy and Deputy CM O Paneerselvam and all other party leaders would participate in this protest, AIADMK has said.