Tamil Nadu and Puducherry on Tuesday strongly objected to Karnataka’s bid to seek approval for the Mekedatu dam project at the fifth Cauvery Water Management Authority (CWMA) meeting in New Delhi. Following the objections, the CWMA dropped the discussion on Karnataka’s application.
Speaking to reporters, Tamil Nadu Public Works Department Principal Secretary K Manivasan said that Tamil Nadu had consistently maintained that the dam should never be built and that two cases were pending before the Supreme Court.
As per the directions of our Chief Minister, we strongly opposed Karnataka’s proposal for constructing the dam and informed the meeting about the cases at the Supreme Court and that this proposal should not be discussed,” he added.
“We have told participants of the meeting that Mekedatu reservoir will be against the interests of Tamil Nadu and its farmers. Our consistent stand is that it should not be built at any cost. Finally the issue was not discussed in the meeting,” Manivasan said.
The Mekedatu reservoir is proposed to be constructed by Karnataka across Cauvery river near Mekedatu, about 110 km from Bengaluru, in Kanakapura taluk.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami had written to Union Minister for MoEF Prakash Javadekar in October last year objecting to Karnataka’s project proposal and that it had no right to construct a reservoir on an inter-State river without the consent of the lower riparian State.