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Cauvery row: Tamil Nadu moves SC against CWC's nod to Karnataka's Mekedatu project; DMK, allies to hold protest on 4 Dec

The Tamil Nadu government has decided to move the Supreme Court against the Central Water Commission's (CWC) nod to Karnataka government’s proposal to build a balancing reservoir-cum-drinking water project at Mekedatu across the Cauvery. DMK chief MK Stalin also announced a protest on 4 December at Trichy to condemn the decision.

The move comes after DMK had called for a meeting of its alliance and friendly parties on Thursday for the same, and had asked the Tamil Nadu government to approach the Supreme Court to obtain stay for the Centre's permission and Karnataka's efforts for the dam.

The CWC has recently given its go-ahead to Karnataka for preparing a DPR for a proposed balancing reservoir-cum-drinking water project at Mekedatu. The Rs 5,912-crore project is a balancing reservoir-cum-drinking water project which is set to provide water to villages in Bengaluru, Kolar and Ramnagara districts, reported News18.

On Tuesday, Tamil Nadu chief minister E Palaniswami had urged the Centre to withdraw its permission to Karnataka for preparing a DPR for the project. He added that he had also urged the prime minister to not give consent to any projects across the Cauvery without obtaining the prior concurrence of Tamil Nadu and other co-basin states.

"The proposal for the reservoir is not just for drinking water alone as claimed by Karnataka, but to increase the extent of irrigation which is in clear violation of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal Award," Palaniswami said.

The CWC, without considering the genuine and justifiable objections of Tamil Nadu, has given permission to Karnataka to prepare the DPR for the Mekedatu project, he said. The CWC's action has caused apprehension among people as its decision will affect the livelihood of lakhs of farmers who depend on the Cauvery water, he added.

Reacting to the Tamil Nadu government's demand, Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy had asserted that the project has to come into effect.

With inputs from PTI

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Updated Date: Nov 30, 2018 12:04:20 IST

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