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Stalin writes to PM to instruct Cauvery Authority not to discuss Mekedattu

- June 13, 2022

Chennai, June 13 (BPNS)

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, M.K. Stalin on Monday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to instruct Cauvery Water Management Authority (CWMA) not to discuss on Mekedattu dam issue.

Mekedattu dam issue has been a bone of contention between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka with the Karnataka side allocating Rs 1000 crore for the construction of a dam at Mekatadu leading to several protests in Tamil Nadu including the passing of a unanimous resolution for the state

In his letter to the Prime Minister, Stalin said that the CWMA was specifically constituted as per the verdict of the Supreme Court of India in May 2018 only to implement the orders of the Apex court on February 16, 2018.

The considered view of Tamil Nadu is that the authority was constituted only to the implementation of the Supreme Court verdict and cannot be expanded to any other activity beyond this.

The Chief Minister was referring to the decision of the CWMA to include the Mekedattu dam issue in its sixteenth meeting. In his letter to the Prime Minister, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister said, “This is legally untenable as it is violative of the verdict of the Supreme Court and not at all acceptable to Tamil Nadu. In addition to this, the matter is sub judice since three applications filed by Tamil Nadu on this issue are pending before the Supreme Court.”

In the letter to Narendra Modi, Stalin recalled that Tamil Nadu has further filed an application in the Supreme Court on June 7 and added,” These involves critical questions on the role of CWMA, which can be clarified only by the Supreme Court. Hence we apprehensive that the CWMA’s decision to rush up and discuss this issue, which is beyond its scope, even before our applications are heard by the Supreme Court is an attempt to subvert the earlier verdict of the court.”

He also said that in a memorandum given to the Prime Minister on June 17, 2021, he had requested the Prime Minister to advise the Ministry of Jal Shakthi not to give any concurrence to proposal of the State of Karnataka for constructing a reservoir at Mekedattu across the Cauvery.

He said that the CWMA’s proposal to discuss the DPR of the Mekedatu project in its 16th meeting to be held on June 17, 2022, has caused great anguish among the farmers of Cauvery Delta in Tamil Nadu and pointed out that Tamil Nadu depended largely on the waters of Cauvery for its drinking water and irrigation purposes.

The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister said that the Supreme Court delivered its judgment on sharing of Cauvery waters in February 16, 2018 after a protracted and long-drawn legal battle. He said, “ Although the quality of allocation is not up to our expectations, we are managing our needs with the allocated share, provided it is delivered as per the schedule.

Stalin said that this was a highly sensitive issue and that disruption in the schedule of allocation of Cauvery waters would affect the state badly.