The News Scroll 15 September 2020  Last Updated at 4:02 pm | Source: PTI

Won''t allow Mekedatu dam construction, CM assures TN Assembly

Won''t allow Mekedatu dam construction, CM assures TN Assembly
Chennai, Sep 15 (PTI) Chief Minister K Palaniswami on Tuesday assured the Tamil Nadu Assembly that the state government would not allow construction of a reservoir across river Cauvery at Mekedatu in Karnataka.

When DMK deputy leader Duraimurugan raised reported efforts by Karnataka to persuade the Centre for early approval to build a balancing reservoir at Mekedatu, Palaniswami said the Supreme Court''s judgment on the Cauvery issue is clear.

As per the verdict, the "water due for Tamil Nadu should be fully released. Not only that, the water shall not be blocked or diverted," the Chief Minister said.

Karnataka''s repeated bid to bring up the Mekedatu proposal for discussion in the Cauvery WaterManagement Authority was halted in view of staunchopposition from Tamil Nadu, he said.

"A case related to this is in the Supreme Court. I would like to convey categorically to the deputy leader that the Tamil Nadu government would never allow them (Karnataka) to construct Mekedatu dam," he asserted.

Also, Palaniswami said the Supreme Court''s judgment would help establish Tamil Nadu''s rights in the issue.

According to the draft Terms of Reference of the proposal (2019), the Mekedatu BalancingReservoir and Drinking Water Project involvesconstruction of a balancing reservoir acrossRiver Cauvery near Mekedatu in Karnataka.

While the project cost is estimated at Rs 9,000 crore,the proposal is aimed at providing drinking water facilitiesto Bengaluru Metropolitan region and its surroundingareas (4.75 TMC) and generate 400 MW of power as an additional benefit.

Tamil Nadu had all along strongly opposed the project and approached the Supreme Court as well saying any dam proposal by upper riparian states in the Cauvery basin would deprive the state''s delta farmers of their rightful share of water as per the apex court verdict.PTI VGN SS PTI PTI

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