Close on the heels of the clearance given by the Central Ministry of Environment and Forests for Karnataka to make a detailed project report to build a balancing reservoir across the Cauvery at Mekedatu, the DMK today convened all-party meeting will be convened tomorrow at 10 am at party headquarters Anna Arivalayam to discuss the future course of action.
A statement released by DMK said: “In order to discuss about the permission granted by the BJP-led central government to Karnataka to build a dam across river Cauvery in Mekedatu, which will affect the agriculture and drinking water supply to Tamil Nadu, there will be an all-party meeting on Thursday at around 10.30 am in Arivalayam.”
The move, to call for an all-party meeting, comes after the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday.
In his letter to the PM, Edappadi Palaniswami requested him to direct the Central Water Commission to withdraw the permission given to Cauvery Neeravari Nigam Limited of Karnataka to prepare a Detailed Project Report (DPR) for the Mekedatu Balancing Reservoir-cum-Drinking Water Project.
The proposed reservoir, to be built at a cost of Rs 5,000 crore, will occupy 4,000 acres of forest land in Kanakapura Assembly constituency and also a small parcel of land from the neighbouring Malavalli.
Complete details regarding the area of the project, cost, environmental impact were submitted in the draft proposal by the Karnataka government.
The disagreement on Mekedatu project has been going on since 2013, when Karnataka announced its intention to construct a multipurpose dam across Cauvery at Mekedatu in Ramanagara district.