DMK chief Stalin urges PM Modi to not approve Mekedatu reservoir project

  • | Tuesday | 22nd September, 2020

The proposed reservoir "under the guise of a drinking water project" would irreversibly affect water flow from river Cauvery to the lower riparian States, particularly Tamil Nadu. Also, it would threaten the very existence of many combined water supply schemes catering to the needs of lakhs of people in Tamil Nadu, the DMK chief said.

DMK president M K Stalin registered his protest on Tuesday with Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the construction of Mekedatu reservoir. He said that the construction of the said reservoir is "detrimental" to Tamil Nadu and the matter is also sub judice.

He urged the Central government to not approve the said project. Building a dam across river Cauvery at Mekedatu in Karnataka would hit water flow to Tamil Nadu and threaten existing water supply schemes in the lower riparian state, he said in a letter to Modi.

Incidentally, the civil appeal by Tamil Nadu seeking restraint order on the proposal is also pending before the Supreme Court and hence the subject matter, involving the construction of Mekedatu reservoir itself is now sub judice. The proposed Mekedatu reservoir is in "violation" of the final order of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal of 2007 as well as the Supreme Court verdict delivered in 2018, he said.

The proposed reservoir "under the guise of a drinking water project" would irreversibly affect water flow from river Cauvery to the lower riparian States, particularly Tamil Nadu. Also, it would threaten the very existence of many combined water supply schemes catering to the needs of lakhs of people in Tamil Nadu, the DMK chief said.

The plan to construct a dam, hence is "completely detrimental to the interests of the farmers and the drinking water needs of the common people" in Tamil Nadu, Stalin said. "I therefore request you to instruct the concerned Central Ministries neither to give approval for the detailed project report nor for the construction of Mekedatu reservoir as demanded by the Chief Minister of Karnataka which would be against the interests of both the farmers and the people of Tamil nadu," Stalin urged Modi.



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