Cauvery water dispute: ‘Centre holding discussions, won’t take unilateral decision’: Sitharaman

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MADURAI: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today said the Centre was holding discussions with stakeholders on the formation of a Cauvery Management Board (CMB) and that no unilateral or arbitrary decision would be taken on the interstate river water sharing issue.
She said several states have river water management boards and authorities to resolve water disputes and the best system of boards should be chosen to address the Cauvery dispute. In the wake of the February 16 verdict of the Supreme Court which directed the Centre to evolve a ‘scheme’ on the Cauvery dispute involving Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, the ruling AIADMK, the DMK and other political parties have been insisting for setting up of the CMB.
Sitharaman today said the board or system evolved should be acceptable and suitable to all.
“It (the Centre) has to hold consultations with all the states and inform the court about the outcome of the discussion with them and then take action. The central government will not take any arbitrary and unilateral decision or action on the Cauvery issue,” she told reporters at the airport here.