The Mekedatu dam initiative is a conspiracy to hinder water circulation to Tamil Nadu, Chief Minister MK Stalin alleged as we speak in a meet of all events with MLAs in Tamil Nadu Assembly.
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 in opposition to the Supreme Court judgment and challenged the Constitution’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 MK 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 instances.
“Karnataka is providing Tamil Nadu only the surplus water, when it was not storing water during floods. Karnataka does not provide water as per the directives of Cauvery tribunal and the Supreme Court,” he mentioned.
Against 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 added.
Karnataka’s declare that the Mekedatu dam was geared toward assembly the ingesting water wants of Bengaluru metropolis and for electrical energy era is “not true and it is to deceive us,” the chief minister mentioned, including that the Cauvery river is a livelihood proper for Tamil Nadu.
“Not only Karnataka, Tamil Nadu also has full right on Cauvery river,” he mentioned.
The river traversed extra by means of Tamil Nadu than Karnataka. “Hence, we have full right. We have also established this right legally,” Mr Stalin added.
Cauvery, which originates at Talakaveri in Western Ghats in Karnataka, flows for about 800 km earlier than it joins the Bay of Bengal close to Poompuhar in Tamil Nadu and sharing the river water has usually been an enormous subject between the 2 neighbours.
The Mekedatu dam initiative is a “conspiracy” to dam circulation of water to Tamil Nadu from catchment areas beneath Kabini, Krishnarajasagar, sub-basins of rivers Shimsha, Arkavathi, Suvarnavathy and different small rivers, Mr Stalin mentioned.
Since such areas shouldn’t have reservoirs, water reached Tamil Nadu with none hindrance and the brand new dam proposal was solely to scuttle free circulation, he mentioned.
Kabini, Krishnarajasagar and sub-basins have been sources of water provide to Tamil Nadu underneath the primary element of the ultimate order by the tribunal as modified by the Supreme Court, he mentioned.
Water launch from Kabini and Krishnarajasagar have been the opposite two sources of provide to TN and these have been the opposite two parts of the order for giving the state its due share of Cauvery water.
These two dams are underneath the full management of Karnataka and solely after storing sufficient water for his or her use, Tamil Nadu was supplied water.
“If Mekedatu dam is built, (whatever quantum of) water that we get (now) will be stored in this new reservoir,” Mr Stalin mentioned, including solely after fulfilling Karnataka’s wants, the remaining portion of water from the proposed new dam could be given to Tamil Nadu.
Only 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 have to demonstrate that Tamil Nadu is united in its thought in this livelihood issue, under no circumstances we will allow the Mekedatu dam, the TN government is firm about it,” he mentioned.
The first decision adopted within the meet mentioned, as per the Supreme Court order, no building may be taken up in Mekedatu with out the prior consent of decrease riparian states. “It is highly condemnable that Karnataka government is now taking steps in full swing to build the dam at Mekedatu in violation of the apex court order.”
Due to this, water availability for Tamil Nadu farmers could be hit. “Such efforts, that go against the top court’s order is a challenge to the majesty of the Indian Constitution. Hence, central government ministries, related to this initiative should not give any approval to Karnataka.”
The second decision pledged help of all events to steps of the Tamil Nadu authorities to cease initiatives to construct the Mekedatu dam.
Another decision mentioned, a delegation of all events would give a replica of decision to the Central authorities in individual in order to mirror the unanimous opposition of Tamil Nadu individuals 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 courtroom, to halt the transfer by the neighbouring state.
Representatives of DMK, AIADMK, Congress, BJP, PMK, MDMK, VCK, Left events, MMK have been amongst those that participated. Chief Secretary V Iraianbu, Water Resources Minister Duraimurugan have been current.
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