TN opposes Mekedatu dam construction at Cauvery meet

Chennai: Tamilnadu has urged the Cauvery Water Management Authority (CWMA) to ensure that Karnataka releases Cauvery water to TN as per schedule this year.

Tamilnadu the idea for an exclusive discussion by the Cauvery Water Management Authority (CWMA) on the Mekedatu Balancing Reservoir-cum-Drinking Water Project proposed by Karnataka.

Tamilnadu opposed discussion on the Mekedatu dam project proposal of Karnataka at the Cauvery Water Management Authority meeting as the matter is in the Supreme Court.

At the 15th CWMA meeting held through video conferencing, Tamilnadu officials urged release of Cauvery water to the State as per its monthly entitlement and in accordance with the Supreme Court order.

At the virtual meeting of the CWMA, which lasted more than two hours, its chairperson Saumitra Kumar Haldar made the suggestion in response to Karnataka’s persistent demand. But Tamilnadu reiterated its position that there should be no discussion on the subject, which was sub judice.

‘We insisted that in the coming water year, Karnataka has to release water as per the schedule,’ said Cauvery Technical cell chairman R Subramanian, who participated in the meeting. Tamilnadu Additional Chief Secretary (Public Works Department) Sandeep Saxena and other officials participated.

In the last one week, Union Ministers of State for Jal Shakti and Environment, Forest and Climate Change Bishweswar Tudu and Ashwini Kumar Choubey replied in the Lok Sabha to questions raised by S Ramalingam and T R Paarivendhar (Tamilnadu) and Prajwal Revanna (Karnataka) on the Mekedatu project.