On the Cauvery River Authority directing Karnataka to release 28 tmcft of water to Tamil Nadu, he said the Centre should intervene and treat all states equally.
The issue is likely to come up for discussion during the next meeting of the Authority in September.
Admitting that the Mekedatu issue was part of the CWMA’s agenda, the authority’s chief SK Haldar told reporters, “We wanted to discuss the issue.
The farmers pointed out the Cauvery has been the source of irrigation for about 25 lakh acres and drinking water source for about five crore people of Tamil Nadu.
Moving the resolution, Chief Minister N Rangasamy said if a dam was constructed across the Cauvery at Mekedatu, the Karaikal region of Puducherry will not get its due share of 7 TMC of water
“Any new scheme contemplated should be taken up only with the consent of the other basin States as they are vitally affected by the unilateral action of the upper riparian State.
He said the matter is subjudice as petitions filed by the Tamil Nadu government are pending before the Supreme Court.
Detailing the action taken by it to prevent neighbouring Karnataka from going ahead with its proposal to construct the dam, a policy note was tabled in the Tamil Nadu Assembly.
In his maiden Independence Day speech as Chief Minister, Basavaraj Bommai reiterated his government's stand on the balancing reservoir project.
Senior BJP leader C T Ravi seems to have taken his political role as national general secretary in charge of Tamil Nadu more seriously than his role as a legislator from Karnataka.
Bommai on Wednesday said that he and other officials have been summoned to Delhi with all relevant documents to support the State’s case.
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The JDS MP sought to know why Karnataka needed Tamil Nadu’s permission to go ahead with the project since no such clause was mentioned in the Cauvery Tribunal’s orders.
The party is demanding that the government set a 12-month deadline to complete the project that aims to provide drinking water to people in Bengaluru.