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Mekedatu row: TN parties stand united, urge central govt to stop the project

In a unwritten rule to come together during crisis and state subject, all leaders across political parties in Tamil Nadu gathered at CM MK Stalin's residence and assured to cooperate in stalling Karnataka's proposed Mekedatu dam project. 

Mekedatu row: TN parties stand united, urge central govt to stop the project-ycb
Bengaluru, First Published Jul 12, 2021, 8:40 PM IST
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After assurance from all political parties’ leaders about full cooperation in stopping the proposed Mekedatu dam to tap the water resources from Cauvery river, TN CM MK Stalin has decided to submit a resolution before Central government to arm twist Karnataka and stall the project. 

All the leaders from various parties pitched in that central government should not grant permission for the project. 

Tamil Nadu government believes that the project once completed would curtail free flow and desired share of water to the state from Cauvery, thus causing a cascading impact of irrigation. 

The TN government also plans to knock the doors of Supreme Court and consider all legal actions to stop the proposed project. 

It impacts farmers interest:

The TN parties says that lives of farmers depending on Cauvery Delta will be at stake as they will face water shortage. Hence this is an unanimous decision to stop the project. 

CM Stalin had met PM Modi earlier and had mentioned about this issue and sought his intervention. 

He had later sent his water resources minister Durai Murgan to hold talks with Jal Shakti Ministry to raise the issue. 

The development is interesting as Karnataka CM Yediurppa had written a letter to CM Stalin urging him to cooperate and allow Karnataka to build the dam. He also assured that the dam project will in no way harm TN's interest. 

But Stalin have been reluctant and given negative reply in a letter. 

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