TN CM Stalin replies to Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa's letter on Mekedatu dam, asks to stop the project
A day after Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa appealed to Tamil Nadu counterpart MK Stalin not to oppose the proposed check dam for Mekedatu, Stalin also wrote back but only to ask Karnataka to stop the project.
It seems sharing of Cauvery water between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka will always remain a bone of contention.
In the latest development to Karnataka's proposed check dam at Mekedatu to tap water to help parched areas of Kanakapura and surroundings, CM BS Yediyurappa had written a letter to Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin on Saturday seeking cooperation, in response to the letter, TN CM Stalin asked Karnataka to stop the project.
Earlier, TN received a setback as the National Green Tribunal gave a verdict in favour of Karnataka saying the proposed project does not seem to harm any biodiversity.
Now that the decks were cleared by competent authority, TN plans to approach central leaders in this regard.
Despite assurance from Karnataka that the project will in no way harm the interest of the farming community of Tamil Nadu, Stalin is in no mood to subscribe to these assurances.
"The proposed Mekedatu project would definitely jeopardize the availability of water to Tamil Nadu," Stalin was quoted as saying in his letter.
Stalin believes that the proposed project, if implemented, would impound and divert the first component of uncontrolled flows coming into river Cauvery and impact TN's share of water.
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