A meeting of the opposition DMK and its allies and fraternal parties on Thursday called for a special session of the Tamil Nadu Assembly to adopt a resolution against Karnataka’s proposal to build a check dam across the Cauvery in Mekedatu.
The meeting held at party headquarters Arivalayam in Chennai and presided over by Leader of the Opposition M K Stain and attended by its allies the Congress and the All India Muslim Congress and fraternal parties like the two communist parties, the MDMK and Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi, said the Assembly should adopt a resolution and forward it to the Centre which has given approval for Karnataka’s detailed project report.
It said the Tamil Nadu Government should put pressure on the Centre to withdraw the permission to Karnataka to prepare the detailed the report for building a balancing reservoir cum drinking project across the Cauvery in Mekedatu.
It said the proposed project was violative of the final order of the Supreme Court on the tribunal’s order under which it had had directed Tamil Nadu to earmark around 15 t.m.c. water from its share to Karnataka to meet the drinking needs of Bengaluru and Mandya.
The meeting in a resolution said the Rs 5,9212 crore project was aimed at enhancing the area under irrigation in Karnatraka and not to augment water supply as the dam would have capacity to store up to 66 t.m.c.ft water. The meeting also said the State Government should approach the Supreme Court.
Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanisami has already written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to rescind the approval, contending that Karnataka was going ahead with the project without the approval of lower riparian States Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Kerala in violation of the tribunal’s order.
It further said the project would impede the natural flow of Cauvery to downstream States and affect the livelihood of farmers in the delta region. The meeting called by Stalin however, said merely writing to the Prime Minister against the project would not serve the purpose.
Though billed as an all-party meeting, the ruling AIADMK and the the State BJP were not invited and Stalin said all parties could not be invited as the meeting was called at short notice.
Talking to reporter, Stalin said the DMK planned to hold a demonstration against the Centre in Tiruchi on Dec4 to which all parties would be invited.
State BJP president Tamilisai Sundarajan called the meeting as an “eyewash”. She asked why Stalin could not hold the proposed protest meeting in Bengaluru as Congress was an ally of his front and it could prevail upon Janata Dal (S) Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy and former Congress Chief Minister Siddarmaiah to drop the project.