The Tamil Nadu Assembly on Thursday adopted a resolution unanimously urging the Central government to withdraw the permission given to Karnataka for a detailed project report (DPR) on its proposed dam across the Cauvery river at Mekedattu.
A specially convened session of the assembly passed the resolution moved by Chief Minister K Palaniswami Thursday evening after a brief discussion.
It urged the Union Ministry of Water Resources “to immediately order the Central Water Commission to withdraw the permission given to Karnataka for preparing the DPR.”
“…this House requests the Government of India to direct Karnataka not to take up any construction works by it or through its agencies at Mekedatu or at any other place in the Cauvery basin of Karnataka State… without the consent of Tamil Nadu…,” the resolution stated.
The assembly was adjourned sine die after the adoption of the resolution. The session was convened following protests and massive public meetings by Opposition parties, including the DMK, accusing the Centre of favouring Karnataka and failing to protect the interests of Tamil Nadu despite their frequent meetings with the PM and BJP ministers.
Tamil Nadu suspects that with the proposed project the neighbouring state intends to extend the area under irrigation that will deprive its farmers their due share of Cauvery water. The state government has said that the proposed project violates the order of the Cauvery Tribunal.
Within an hour, the chief minister forwarded a copy of the resolution to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and urged him to take immediate action on the resolution.
Meanwhile, Karnataka Minister for Water Resources DK Shivakumar on Thursday called for finding an amicable solution to the long pending Cauvery water sharing dispute with Tamil Nadu.