TN Assembly to meet Dec 6 to discuss Mekedatu issue

TN Assembly to meet Dec 6 to discuss Mekedatu issue

The Tamil Nadu Assembly has been convened to meet on December 6 amid demands by the DMK-led opposition parties for a special session to discuss Karnataka’s proposal to build a dam across river Cauvery at Mekedatu.

The Assembly will discuss about the crisis emerging out of the neighbouring Karnataka’s adamant stand in proceeding with the Mekedatu project, and in the backdrop of the Central Water Commission (CWC) giving its nod for preparing a Detailed Project Report (DPR) for the project across the Cauvery river.

It is expected that a unanimous resolution would be passed in the Assembly against Karnataka demanding that the dam should not be allowed.

A brief notification issued by Governor Banwarilal Purohit Tuesday said the House will meet at 4 PM Thursday, but did not mention the agenda for the session.

However, the notification came on a day when the DMK-led opposition parties staged a protest in Tiruchirappalli, in the heart of the Cauvery delta region, against the Centre’s nod to Karnataka for a Detailed Project Report for building the dam at Mekedatu across the inter-state Cauvery river and demanding special assembly session.

Launching a fresh broadside against the Narendra Modi government at the Centre, the DMK president, M.K. Stalin on Tuesday warned that any “intent to betray (Vanjikka Ninaithaal)” Tamil Nadu’s interests in the issue of building a dam across Cauvery at Mekedatu by upper riparian Karnataka, will lead to a situation where “Modi will not be welcome to Tamil Nadu.”

Stalin said if the dam was permitted, it would affect Tamil Nadu farmers who depend on Cauvery waters for irrigation.