CM asks PM to rescind nod for Mekedatu dam
Tamil Nadu

CM asks PM to rescind nod for Mekedatu dam

S.Murari

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami on Tuesday urged the Centre to withdraw its permission to Karnataka for preparing a Detailed Project Report (DPR) for a proposed balancing reservoir-cum-drinking water project at Mekedatu across the Cauvery river.

Bringing to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's notice that the Central Water Commission has this month given its go-ahead to Karnataka for preparing a DPR, Palaniswami said Tamil Nadu had already opposed a feasibility report in the matter.

In a letter to Modi, he recalled his earlier request of September to the Centre to stop processing of Karnataka's feasibility report. He also recalled that he requested that the Centre should not give consent to any projects across the Cauvery without obtaining the prior concurrence of Tamil Nadu and other co-basin States.

It was also reiterated in a memorandum presented to him on Oct 8, the Chief Minister said.

“The proposal for reservoir is not just for drinking water alone as claimed by Karnataka, but to increase the extent of irrigation which is in clear violation of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal Award," Palaniswami said.

The Central Water Commission, without considering the objections of Tamil Nadu, had given permission to Karnataka to prepare the DPR for the Mekedatu project, he said.

The CWC's action has caused apprehension among people as its decision will affect the livelihood of lakhs of farmers who depend on the Cauvery water, he added.

“I request you to kindly...instruct the CWC to forthwith withdraw the permission given to Cauvery Neeravari Nigam Ltd of Karnataka for preparation of the DPR for Mekedatu project," the Chief Minister said.

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