Union Minister of State for Finance and Shipping, Pon Radhakrishnan too had earlier expressed his displeasure with Mekedatu.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Palaniswami writes to PM Modi opposing Mekedatu reservoir
news Dispute Tuesday, November 27, 2018 - 17:48

The centre’s nod to proceed with th Mekedatu reservoir project has been met with much criticism from the Tamil Nadu government. Earlier on Tuesday, following the centre’s approval for the project, state Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi stating that the project would prove to be a hindrance to the livelihood of several farmers who depend on the Cauvery river water.

In 2013, Karnataka Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister TB Jayachandran announced that a reservoir project would be constructed at Mekedatu, which is located in Karnataka’s Ramanagara district. The goal was to rid Bengaluru and Ramanagara district of their drinking water problems as well as to generate hydro-electricity for the state’s electricity needs. However soon after the decision was made, former CM of Tamil Nadu, J Jayalalithaa wrote to then PM Manmohan Singh, asking him to not clear the project stating that it would impact the lives of farmers in the state of Tamil Nadu who were also dependent on the Cauvery river.

“The Central Water Commission without considering the genuine and justifiable objections of Tamil Nadu has given permission to Karnataka to prepare the Detailed Project Report for the Mekedatu Balancing Reservoir-cum-Drinking Water Project. The action of the Central Water Commission has caused great alarm and apprehension among the people of Tamil Nadu as it will affect the livelihood of lakhs of farmers who depend on Cauvery water. In the circumstances, I request you to kindly direct the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Government of India, to instruct the Central Water Commission to forthwith withdraw the permission given to Cauvery Neeravari Nigam Ltd., of Karnataka for preparation of the Detailed Project Report for Mekedatu Balancing Reservoir-cum-Drinking Water Project,” states the Chief Minister’s letter.

Earlier, Union Minister of State for Finance and Shipping Pon Radhakrishnan, too had expressed his displeasure with the approval for the Mekedatu project stating that, “We  cannot permit the building of the Mekedatu reservoir, which will impact many people in Tamil Nadu.”

Also read: Explainer: What is the Mekedatu dispute between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka?


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