The Mekedatu dam initiative was a conspiracy to hinder water move to Tamil Nadu, Chief Minister M Ok Stalin alleged on Monday in a meet of all events with MLAs in Tamil Nadu Meeting. The assembly condemned makes an attempt by Karnataka to construct the dam and urged the union authorities to not accord sanction for the proposal.
The transfer to construct reservoir went towards the Supreme Courtroom judgment and challenged the Structure’s majesty, a decision adopted within the meet mentioned and requested that no Central ministry associated to the dam initiative ought to give its clearance. Chairing the meet, Chief Minister M Ok Stalin mentioned a moot query was how Karnataka would supply Tamil Nadu its share of water if it was to construct the Mekedatu dam when it was not releasing due share to TN even throughout regular occasions.
“Karnataka is offering Tamil Nadu solely the excess water, when it was not storing water throughout floods. Karnataka doesn’t present water as per the directives of Cauvery tribunal and the Surpeme Courtroom,” he mentioned. Towards this background, if Karanataka was to construct a brand new dam with 67.16 TMC capability, the way forward for state’s farmers could be in peril and this was the hazard that confronted Tamil Nadu, he mentioned.
Karnataka’s declare that the Mekedatu dam was geared toward assembly the consuming water wants of Bengaluru metropolis and for electrical energy technology is “not true and it’s to deceive us,” the Chief Minister mentioned, including Cauvery river is a livelihood proper for Tamil Nadu. “Not solely Karnataka, Tamil Nadu additionally has full proper on Cauvery river,” he mentioned.
The river traversed extra by Tamil Nadu than Karnataka. “Therefore, we’ve got full proper. We’ve additionally established this proper legally.” Cauvery, which originates at Talakaveri in Western Ghats in Karnataka, flows for about 800 km earlier than it joins th Bay of Bengal close to Poompuhar in Tamil Nadu and sharing the river water has typically been a vexatious subject between the 2 neighbours. The Mekedatu dam initiative is a ‘conspiracy’ to dam move of water to Tamil Nadu from catchment areas beneath Kabini, Krishnarajasagar, sub-basins of rivers Shimsha, Arkavathi, Suvarnavathy and different small rivers, Stalin mentioned.
Since such areas should not have reservoirs, water reached Tamil Nadu with none hindrance and the brand new dam proposal was solely to scuttle free move, he mentioned. Kabini, Krishnarajasagar and sub-basins had been sources of water provide to Tamil Nadu underneath the primary element of the ultimate order by the tribunal as modified by the apex court docket, he mentioned.
Water launch from Kabini and Krishnarajasagar had been the opposite two sources of provide to TN and these had been the opposite two elements of the order for giving the state its due share of Cauvery water. These two dams are underneath the total management of Karnataka and solely after storing sufficient water for his or her use, Tamil Nadu was offered water.
“If Mekedatu dam is constructed, (no matter quantum of) water that we get (now) can be saved on this new reservoir,” h mentioned, including solely after fulfilling Karnataka’s wants, the remaining portion of water from the proposed new dam could be given to Tamil Nadu. Solely contemplating this side, Tamil Nadu had all alongside been opposing the Mekedatu dam initiative, he mentioned and recalled a number of steps taken over time.
“We’ve to reveal that Tamil Nadu is united in its thought on this livelihood subject, on no account we are going to permit the Mekedatu dam, the TN authorities is agency about it,” he mentioned. The primary decision adopted within the meet mentioned, as per the Supreme Courtroom order, no building will be taken up in Mekedatu with out the prior consent of decrease riparian states.
“It’s extremely condemnable that Karnataka authorities is now taking steps in full swing to construct the dam at Mekedatu in violation of the apex court docket order.” Because of this, water availability for Tamil Nadu farmers could be hit. “Such efforts, that go towards the highest court docket’s order is a problem to the majesty of the Indian Structure. Therefore, central authorities ministries, associated to this initiative mustn’t give any approval to Karnataka.” The second decision pledged assist of all events to steps of the Tamil Nadu authorities to cease initiatives to construct the Mekedatu dam. One other decision mentioned, a delegation of all events would give a replica of decision to the Central authorities in particular person in order to replicate the unanimous opposition of Tamil Nadu folks to the Mekedatu dam proposal.
The assembly additionally resolved to take all steps, together with authorized initiatives vis-a-vis the pending case within the prime court docket, to halt the transfer by the neighbouring state. Representatives of DMK, AIADMK, Congress, BJP, PMK, MDMK, VCK, Left events, MMK had been amongst those that participated. Chief Secretary V Iraianbu, Water Assets Minister Duraimurugan had been current.