Stalin called on President Droupadi Murmu and Vice President Jagdeep Dhankar and described the meeting, a courtesy visit, as satisfactory.
The 16th meeting of the Cauvery Water Management Authority (CWMA), held in New Delhi on Friday, skipped the Mekedatu dam issue as the matter is pending before the Supreme Court.
The Karnataka government told a bench headed by Justice AM Khanwilkar that the reservoir is set to be constructed within the state and there is no question of impacting the water flow.
Tamil Nadu government had earlier moved the apex court seeking to restrain Karnataka from proceeding with any activity regarding the proposed construction of a reservoir at Mekedatu.
Union Minister of State for Jal Shakti Bishweswar Tudu said that Karnataka and Tamil Nadu should hold talks and arrive at an understanding on the Mekedatu reservoir issue.
He was speaking at a government function here in Vellore. He said Karnataka has been showing too much interest in the construction of the dam in the past two weeks.
Talking to reporters after meeting the Union Minister, Durai Murugan said, “Our main demand was that the CWMA should not discuss the proposal for Mekedatu dam.
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 constructing a dam at Mekedatu was one such move.
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.
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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.
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Will respond promptly, correctly to TN's opposition to discuss on Mekedatu project, says Karnataka CM
His statement comes a day after TN moved the SC seeking a direction to the CWMA restraining any discussion on Karnataka's Detailed Project Report on Mekedatu balancing reservoir project at its meeting
The Cabinet approved this until a decision on justifiable share of water between the states is cleared.