New Delhi/ Bengaluru: Karnataka’s Home, Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Basavaraj Bommai on the Mekedatu Dam Dispute, said, “All the projects owned by the different state have got its own rights to do it. If there are any disputes it has to raise in inter-state water disputes. Tamil Nadu has filed a miscellaneous application in Supreme Court. SC hasn’t issued any prohibition.”
“Hence our DPR which have been submitted to CWC and other depts. Karnataka has right to do the project and safeguard farmers and people’s interest as drinking water is the main component,” he said.
Reiterating his government’s stance, he said, “We’ll go ahead with this project, we are 100% committed to this project. We’ll put all our might to get all the clearances and I’m quite confident that Govt of India will give justice to Karnataka.”
Karnataka Minister was reacting to media queries after Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin chaired an all-party meeting Mekedatu project of Karnataka and passed three resolutions. Bommai added that the Government of India will consider Karnataka’s request as per law. He added that the water that is due share of the state is released timely to protect the farmers and their produce.
“Only thing is that whatever waters are due, is released timely. As per the Cauvery Tribunal order, a Cauvery Tribunal Board is in place which monitors the whole thing, hence everything is settled. Over and above additional water will be stored for drinking water and hydro-electric projects as well as distribution of water during distress time. There is no reason for the government of Karnataka to stop this project,” he asserted.
The Minister also spoke about the Uttar Pradesh Population Control Bill, and when asked about if there are any plans to bring a similar population bill in Karnataka, Bommai said, “All these are policy matters, it has to be discussed, deliberated then decisions are taken. Certainly, population control is there for a long time now, this is based on incentives of the Government however family planning is different, it’s an incentive-based on population control scheme, these two are different issues,” he added.
(With inputs from ANI)