The Supreme Court today turned down the Tamil Nadu government’s request to issue a stay order preventing Karnataka from preparing a detailed project report (DPR) to build a dam across the Cauvery at Mekedatu.
The apex court however asked the Union government and Karnataka to file a response within four weeks on the plea by Tamil Nadu challenging a nod for preparing a detailed report for Mekedatu balancing reservoir across Cauvery river.
A bench presided over by Justice A M Khanwilkar also sought a reply on another plea by Tamil Nadu for a direction to the Union government to appoint an independent and full-time chairman of the Cauvery Water Management Authority as per a scheme approved by the top court.
“No stay as of now,” the top court said today after hearing the petition to put on hold “the operation of approval given by Central Water Commission (CWC) on November 22,” as it issued notice to Karnataka and Union Government to file their responses within a month.
The proposed dam has become another feud between the neighbours with a history of long-drawn court cases and street protests over the sharing of Cauvery water.
Today, four petitions including the three filed by Tamil Nadu State and one by Puducherry union territory on Mekedatu issue came up for hearing before the apex court.
The court said it would not, at present, go into the aspect of contempt of court action sought by the Tamil Nadu government against the CWC chairman, Karnataka Water Resources Minister Sivakumar and some others for going ahead with the feasibility report of the proposed Mekedatu Balancing Reservoir cum Drinking Water Project in “utter disregard” to the Supreme Court and Cauvery Tribunal decisions to provide ample storage and distribution of water to Tamil Nadu.