Tamil Nadu government on Friday filed a petition at the Supreme Court seeking it to quash the Union Ministry’s clearance to Karnataka to prepare a detailed project report to build a dam across the Cauvery at Mekedatu.
It urged to stay the operation of the permission given by central government to the Karnataka government to go ahead with preparation of a detailed project report for Mekedatu balancing reservoir cum drinking water project across the inter-state Cauvery river.
In its petition, the Tamil Nadu government sought directions to stay the operation of the permission given by the Central Water Commission (CWC) on November 22 to Karnataka Neeravari Nigam Ltd. to go ahead with the preparation of detailed project report for Mekedatu Balancing Reservoir and drinking water project.
The CWC recently had asked the Karnataka government to prepare a detailed project report for the Mekedatu project. The CWC had stated that the Karnataka government must adhere to the Supreme Court verdict and provide Tamil Nadu with the required water from Cauvery River.
The state government urged the court to restrain Karnataka through its instrumentality viz, Cauvery Neervari Nigam, from proceeding with the preparation of detailed project report (DPR) pertaining to the construction of reservoir at Mekedatu.
It contended that the status quo has to be maintained till its genuine and justifiable objections were decided. The centre’s nod to proceed with th Mekedatu reservoir project has been met with much criticism from the Tamil Nadu government.
Earlier on Tuesday, following the centre’s approval for the project, state Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi stating that the project would prove to be a hindrance to the livelihood of several farmers who depend on the Cauvery river water.