Tamil Nadu political parties slam Karnataka CM’s Mekedatu remark

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Edappadi K Palaniswami

CHENNAI: Former chief minister and AIADMK co-coordinator Edappadi K Palaniswami and PMK leader S Ramadoss on Saturday condemned Karnataka chief minister B S Yediyurappa’s ‘unilateral’ announcement that Mekedatu dam would be built after getting sanction from the Union government. VCK leader Thol Thirumavalavan and DMDK leader Vijayakant urged the state government to convene an all-party meeting.
In a statement, Palaniswami recalled the gazetted order of the Cauvery water disputes tribunal’s final award in 2013 during the J Jayalalithaa regime and thereafter the final order of the Supreme Court on the petitions filed by Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala governments in February 2018, which modified the allocation to Tamil Nadu to 177.25tmcft per water year.
“I urge the Tamil Nadu government to ensure the state get its due in Cauvery water. It should not give space to the efforts of the Karnataka government in Mekedatu and protect the livelihood of the farmers of Tamil Nadu,” the former CM said.
The previous AIADMK government filed a petition before the SC in 2018 to direct the Central Water Commission to withdraw the permission granted to Karnataka’s Cauvery Neeravari Nigam Limited, Bengaluru, to prepare a detailed project report. It also filed a contempt petition against the Central Water Commission project appraisal directorate, Karnataka water resources secretary and others, which is pending before the Supreme Court. The allegation is that the CWC entertained the feasibility report of the proposed dam just ahead of the inter-state border.
PMK leader S Ramadoss said the National Green Tribunal principal bench had only taken note of the pending issues before the Supreme Court and the Union government on Mekedatu dam plan before disposing of suo motu proceedings of its southern bench based on a TOI report that resulted in constitution of a panel to visit the dam site.
“The panel did not consider whether the Karnataka government resorted to construction activities or was there any ecological impact due to the construction. The Tamil Nadu counsel failed to win over the case. Now with the case being disposed of, the violations of Karnataka have been hidden,” the PMK leader charged. He urged the state government to appeal before the SC against the NGT principal bench’s order. Vijayakant also made a similar appeal.

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