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TN objects to Centre over Mekedatu
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TN objects to Centre over Mekedatu

S Murari

Tamil Nadu has objected to the decision of the Centre’s appraisal committee to study Karnataka proposal to construct a dam across Cauvery in Mekadatu, saying that the project is itself in violation of the Cauvery tribunal order and the final order of the Supreme Court.

In letters to Union Environment Minister Prakash Javedakar and Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanisami has said the decision of the expert committee to include for discussion in its July 18 meeting proposal of Karnataka for grant of fresh terms of reference for the Mekedatu balancing reservoir and drinking water project in Mandya is a violation of the final order of the Cauvery tribunal and the order given by the Supreme Court while modifying the award.

In its order the Supreme Court had said Karnataka should not build any dam across the Cauvery without the concurrence of the lower riparian States like Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry. He has told the two Ministers that he has already written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on June 24, seeking his intervention to deny permission to the proposal of Cauvery Neeravari Nigama Niyamitha for grant of terms of reference and to get environmental clearance for the Mekadattu project

He has also said that the Tamil Nadu Government has challenged the proposed Mekadattu project in the Supreme Court on the ground that Karnataka had not got the prior concurrence of the lower riparian States. He asked the two Ministers to direct the expert committee not to take up the issue at the upcoming meeting and also return the proposal to Karnataka.