Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanisami has asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to instruct the Union Water Resources Ministry to reject the detailed project report(DPR) submitted by Karnataka for its proposal to build a dam across Cauvery in Mekedatu.
In a letter, he recalled the several letters written to the Prime Minister and the Union Water Resources Ministry ever since the Central Water Commission (CWC) asked Karnataka to go ahead prepare a DPR in November last year.
He also said Tamil Nadu had already moved the Supreme Court for a direction to the CWC to withdraw permission given to Karnataka to prepare the project report. When the issue was sub judice, Karnataka had informed the apex court on Jan 21 that it had furnished the DPR to the CWC and was awaiting further clearance.
Palanisami said this was a violation of the final award of the Cauvery tribunal and the February 16, 2018 wherein it was said that no dams should be constructed across Cauvery without the prior permission of lower riparian States as any such reservoir would affect the natural flow water downstream..
He said if the dam was allowed, it would deprive deprive Tamil Nadu’s due share of Cauvery water and deprive lakhs of delta farmers of their livelihood. He sought Modi’s personal intervention.
Tamil Nadu is not the only downstream State. Kerala and Puducherry are also downstream of Cauvery and the dam will affect their interest also. But it is Tamil Nadu, which will be affected the most and it is therefore fiercely opposing it.
With Lok Sabha elections just a few months away, Modi is unlikely to act as the BJP has higher stakes in Karnataka than in Tamil Nadu or Kerala or Puducherry for the matter. Nevertheless, Palanisami has to voice his protest to save his own home turf,