Tamil Nadu CM writes to Union ministers objecting to Karnataka’s Mekedatu dam plan - EntornoInteligente
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CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Thursday reiterated the state government’s strong objections to the Karnataka government’s plan to construct a dam across the Cauvery river in Mekedatu . In identical letters to Union ministers Prakash Javadekar (environment, forest and climate change) and Gajendra Singh Shekhawat (jal shakti), the chief minister recalled that the expert appraisal committee for river valley and hydro-electric projects of the environment ministry differed the proposal in its July meeting. “It has been brought to the notice of Tamil Nadu that Karnataka has again approached the committee seeking approval of the terms of reference for the Mekedatu project. The Tamil Nadu government once again reiterates its strong objections to the proposal of Karnataka as it has no right to construct any reservoir on an inter-state river without the consent of the lower riparian state, Tamil Nadu,” Palaniswami said. He requested the ministers to issue instructions to the committee not to entertain the proposal of Karnataka and reject its detailed project report seeking grant of terms of reference to prepare an environment impact assessment/environment management plan for the project. The Tamil Nadu government’s petition in the Supreme Court against Mekedatu project and a contempt petition against all concerned are pending. Palaniswami contended that the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal and the SC found that the existing storage facilities in the Cauvery basin were adequate. Therefore, the proposal to build a reservoir was “ex-facie untenable and ought to be rejected outright.” The Karnataka government had not obtained concurrence of the co-basin states, he added.
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