Tamil Nadu government objects to Central Water Commission giving its nod
The Tamil Nadu government on Tuesday objected to the Central Water Commission (CWC) giving its nod to Karnataka’s proposal for a balancing reservoir-cum-drinking water project at Mekedatu across the Cauvery, and urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to withdraw the permission granted to the project.
In his letter to Mr. Modi, which was released to the press, Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami referred to the CWC’s nod to the Cauvery Neeravari Nigam Ltd. to proceed with the preparation of the Detailed Project Report (DPR) for the project.
“The action of the Central Water Commission has caused great alarm and apprehension among the people of Tamil Nadu as it will affect the livelihood of lakhs of farmers who depend on Cauvery water,” Mr. Palaniswami said.
The proposal for the reservoir is not just for drinking water alone, as claimed by Karnataka, but also to increase the extent of irrigation, which is in clear violation of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal’s award, as affirmed by the Supreme Court, he claimed.
The CWC, “without considering the genuine and justifiable objections of Tamil Nadu” had given permission to Karnataka to prepare the DPR for the project at Mekedatu, the CM said. He recalled that the State government had conveyed its decision to the Centre that the Feasibility Report of the project was not acceptable, and had also furnished detailed comments.
The Tamil Nadu government had, in its communication to the PM in September, expressed its opposition to the project. It had insisted on instructions to the Union Ministry of Water Resources to direct the Central Water Commission to stop processing of the Feasibility Report of Karnataka government over the proposal. It was reiterated again through a memorandum presented to the PM on October 8 this year.
Reiterating the State government’s stand on the issue, Mr. Palaniswami further requested the Prime Minister to direct the Union Ministry of Water Resources to instruct the CWC to withdraw the permission given for preparation of the DPR for the project.