The Tamil Nadu Assembly, at a special session in Chennai on Thursday, unanimously adopted a resolution calling upon the Centre to rescind the permission given for building a dam across Cauvery in Mekedatu and direct Karnataka not to undertake any other such projects without the prior approval of the lower riparian States.
It was against the final order of the Cauvery tribunal and the February order of the Supreme Court. On November 22, Central Water Commission (CWC) gave a go-ahead to Karnataka Neeravari Nigam Limited for preparation of a detailed report on Mekedatu. Tamil Nadu has maintained that the project will affect water flow in Cauvery,
The resolution said the Mekedatu dam should not be allowed to be built by the Karnataka Government or any of its agencies. Palanisami said that this was the second such resolution to be adopted by the Assembly. The first was adopted in December 2015 when J Jayalalitha was Chief Minister.
Despite consistent opposition from Tamil Nadu, Karnataka had decided to go ahead with the project and the Centre had given clearance, he said. He called it highly condemnable.
Before the debate senior DMK leader and former PWD Minister Durai Murugan reminded the Government that it had also objected two other proposed dams across Cauvery in Karnataka and wanted a status report. Replying, Deputy Chief Minister said”Let’s focus on Mekedatu now”.
Supporting the resolution, Leader of the Opposition and DMK president M K Stalin referred to the havoc caused by the Gaja cyclone in the delta region and said the proposed Mekedatu dam would be a double whammy for the delta farmers.
Intervening, Pannerselvam asked him not to go into Gaja cyclone as it would deflect attention from Mekedatu. The resolution was later adopted by voice vote. It will be sent immediately to the Centre for follow- up action.