Chokkakula is with the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi. Views are personal
The Centre can work with the states in building a credible institutional architecture for gathering data and producing knowledge about water resources — a foundational necessity to address most federal water governance challenges.
Response to Covid-19 shows carving out roles through consensus can address challenges to federal governance.
The Supreme Court may have to deal with this contradiction next time a dispute escalates and is brought before it. The politicised nature of river water disputes makes the chances of such an escalation rife.
Cauvery Authority’s challenge lies in forging federal consensus on Centre’s role in inter-state rivers. This could guide the making of a policy on river water sharing.
Supreme Court’s landmark Cauvery verdict points to new directions but will face tough challenge in lean rainfall years.
The Supreme Court, too, has been amenable to Special Leave Petitions which then lead to extended litigation in the apex court. All this defeats the basic purpose of the reforms — to expedite resolution of river water disputes.
Permanent Water Tribunal needs supplementary institutions