They fear that the construction of the dam will submerge most of the holiday spots, including those of Jungle Lodges and Resorts’ Bheemeshwari and Galibore fishing camps.
Stalin said Karnataka has been making efforts to reduce the quantum of Cauvery water being given to TN, and Mekedatu dam was one such move.
CWMA chief SK Haldar said that the Authority would ensure the allocation of water as ordered by the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal and the Supreme Court in the best possible way.
The Tamil Nadu government last week moved the Supreme Court with an aim to seek a direction to the CWMA restraining it from holding any discussion on the project at its meeting.
Water Resources minister Durai Murugan requested Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai not to make any further move on the Mekedatu issue until the SC resolves this dispute.
Bommai said the Central Water Commission and Jal Shakthi Ministry had earlier put a condition that a detailed project report on the Mekedatu project has to be approved by CWMA.
According to sources, the early release of water from Mettur was expected to increase paddy coverage to 70,000 hectares in the district, against the usual 44,000 hectares.
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Farmers are worried over pending desilting works in narrower irrigation channels, which branch from A and B irrigation channels.
The water released from Mettur dam reached the Grand Anaicut in Thanjavur district on May 27 and from there, water was released into Cauvery, Vennaru and Kollidam for cultivating Kuruvai paddy.
Following rains in the catchment areas of Cauvery, inflow into the reservoir has been significant for over a week, While inflow was 5,554 cusecs on Saturday, it increased to 9,314 cusecs on Monday.
At the seminar, CRRC coordinator P Maniyarasan said the CWMA has not ensured monthly release of Cauvery water due for TN.
The State government had declared the Cauvery Delta region as a Protected Agricultural Zone as per the Tamil Nadu Protected Agricultural Zone Development Act, 2020.
Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai on Saturday, after a virtual meeting with his cabinet colleagues, said the State is preparing to take on Tamil Nadu on interstate river disputes.
Instead, it had advocated a dam at Hogenakkal on the border between Chamarajanagar in Karnataka and Dharmapuri in Tamil Nadu.