TN vows to thwart Mekedatu dam plan

TN vows to thwart Mekedatu dam plan

The Tamil Nadu government on Wednesday said it would make all efforts, including legal measures, to thwart Karnataka’s effort to raise two dams across the Cauvery near Mekedatu.

"We have been continuously taking action to ensure that the rights of Tamil Nadu farmers are safeguarded with regard to Cauvery waters,” Chief Minister O Panneerselvam said.

“This government has already filed an interlocutory application in the Supreme Court to stop Karnataka’s illegal move of building a reservoir across river Cauvery at Mekedatu,” the chief minister asserted, while presenting the State budget in the Assembly.

“We will also take steps to ensure the formation of the Cauvery Management Board and Cauvery Water Regulation Committee,” he said. Panneerselvam said work on ‘climate change adaptation’ programme in Cauvery delta at an outlay of Rs 1,560 crore with the assistance from the Asian Development Bank would begin this fiscal year.

“Under this project, it is proposed to take up works in the Vennar sub-basin and an amount of Rs 200 crore has been provided in the budget,” Panneerselvam told the House.

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