DMK-led opposition parties to stage protest over Mekedatu issue

DMK-led opposition parties to stage protest over Mekedatu issue

After the Central Water Commission (CWC) gave the go-ahead to Karnataka on the controversial Mekedatu dam project on the river Cauvery, DMK, the main opposition party in the state, along with other allied parties, have announced a protest on December 4.

“We have passed a resolution to stage a massive agitation 4 December at Tiruchi against the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests for the clearance given for a detailed project report to build a dam across the Cauvery in Mekedatu, and the Karnataka government which will be implementing it,” said Leader of Opposition and DMK president M K Stalin on Thursday.

He said this after an all-party meeting at DMK headquarters Anna Arivalayam in Chennai. “As the time is short, we couldn’t invite parties but welcome all of them irrespective of differences to participate in our protest. Even the BJP is welcome to it. As the delta region will bear the brunt of the upcoming dam, we have planned the protest in Tiruchi,” he added.

The all-party meeting urged the state government to convene the assembly session, pass a special resolution against the dam and send it to the central government.

“We condemn the recklessness of the central government in granting permission for the project. We have decided to hold a mega demonstration in Trichy,” Stalin said.

The Central Water Commission had granted permission to Karnataka for the preparation of a detailed project report on Tuesday, giving the preliminary nod to its pre-feasibility report. Shortly thereafter, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami wrote to the Centre, reiterating objections to Karnataka’s dam-cum-drinking water project.