New Delhi: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin will chair an all-party meet on the issue of the construction of the Mekedatu Project by Karnataka on the Cauvery River. The government had announced the meeting on July 9 to reflect the unanimous views of all sections in Tamil Nadu to protect the interests of farmers.
A few days ago Stalin wrote to his Karnataka counterpart B S Yediyurappa stating that the proposed dam went against the Supreme Court verdict and also would affect interests of Tamil Nadu farmers.
Hence, never would Tamil Nadu allow the construction of the dam and this was conveyed to Karnataka in Stalin’s letter to Yediyurappa.
The CM’s letter to Yediyurappa was in response to the latter’s communique urging Tamil Nadu government to not oppose the Mekedatu dam initiative.
The Karnataka government in May had challenged the decision of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) to set up a panel to look into the alleged violations at the site where the dam will be made.
Mekedatu is a Multipurpose (drinking and power) project in Karnataka which involves building a balancing reservoir, near Kanakapura in Ramanagara district.
Tamil Nadu has been opposing the project, raising apprehensions that the state will be affected if the project takes shape.
The project once completed is aimed at ensuring drinking water to Bengaluru and neighboring areas (4.75 TMC) and also can generate 400 MW power, and the estimated cost of the project is Rs 9,000 crore.
Last year, Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa met with Union Minister Prakash Javadekar on September 18, 2020, and requested him to grant the terms of reference for the Mekedatu project. He had also sought permission for forest clearance for Kalasa and Banduri Nala projects, in the state.
As per a government release, Yediyurappa had urged the Union Minister to direct the concerned authorities in the Ministry of Environment and Forests to grant the terms of reference for the Mekedatu project.