Mekedatu Project: Tamil Nadu raises staunch opposition on Karnataka’s fresh plea seeking approval

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Karnataka has no right to construct any reservoir on an inter-state river without consent of the lower riparian state, i.e. TamilNadu.

TamilNadu reiterated its opposition to Karantaka’s proposal for a Balancing Reservoir cum-Drinking water Project at Mekedatu Project across the Cauvery, Tamil Nadu on Thursday urged the Centre not to accept the proposal.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edapaddi K. Palaniswami wrote to Union Minister for Environment, Forests and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar and Union Minister for Jai Shakti Gajendra Singh Shekhawat in this regard.

“The government of TamilNadu once again reiterates its staunch opposition to the project proposal of Karnataka, as it has no right to construct any reservoir on an inter-state river without the permission of the lower riparian state, i.e. Tamil Nadu,” Mr Palaswami said.

The Chief Minister also urged both the Union Ministers to instruct their respective departments to issue instructions to the Expert Appraisal Committee for River Valley and Hydro-electric Projects not to consider Karnataka’s proposal.

Karnataka has submitted a Detailed Project Report seeking a grant of Terms of Reference to conduct EIA/EMP Report for the proposed project. Mr. Palaswami also laid emphasis on TamilNadu’s earlier objections to the project, as it was not in the favour of Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal(CWDT) and the judgement to Supreme Court dated February 16, 2018.

The CWDT and the Supreme Court have found out that existing storage facilities available in the Cauvery Basin were sufficient for storing and distributing water to lower riparian states as per the monthly scheduled prescribed by, he recalled.

“Therefore the proposal of Karnataka to construct a reservoir is ex-facie untenable and ought to be disapproved. Further, the concurrence of TamilNadu and of other co-basin states has not been obtained for the project,”Mr. PalniSwami stated.

TamilNadu has filed a miscellaneous application before the Supreme Court against the proposal of Karnataka for constructing a reservoir.

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