The Tamil Nadu government will take all legal steps to prevent the Karnataka government from going ahead with its proposal to construct a dam at Mekedatu in violation of the final verdict of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal, Public Works Department Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami said in the Assembly on Wednesday.
He said all legal steps would be taken to thwart new dams and establish the rights of Tamil Nadu.
After DMK deputy leader Durai Murugan raised the Mekedatu issue in the House urging government to organise an all-party meet and lead a delegation to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the matter, he said, “The petitions related to the issue are pending in Supreme Court and it is expected that the court
will soon take them up for hearing.”
He said media reports said that at a time when the matter was pending before the Apex Court, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had inhis I-day address announced that a new dam would be constructed at Mekedatu across river cauvery at a cost of Rs 5,912 crore for drinkingwater purpose and also set up a 400 MW hydel power project there.
“If the Karnataka government acted against the interests of the Tamil Nadu farmers and decided to implement any project in violation of the final award of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunbal and without the consent of Tamil Nadu, the Government headed by Chief MinisterJ Jayalalithaa would take all legal steps to uphold the rights of the State on the issue”, Palanisamy said.
Palaniswami listed out the efforts taken by the State government but was silent. When