Mekedatu: Karnataka tries to cajole a miffed TN

Shivakumar himself wrote to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami seeking an appointment with him to present the proposed project details.

Close on heels of the Tamil Nadu government moving a contempt petition against the Karnataka Water Resources Minister D K Shivakumar and the Central Water Commission (CWC) chairman S Masood Husain over the controversial Mekedatu issue, Karnataka has reached out to its neighbour to explore possibilities of an amicable solution.

On Thursday, Shivakumar himself wrote to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami seeking an appointment with him to present the proposed project details. 

Not only has Tamil Nadu objected to CWC's go-ahead to Karnataka to prepare the detailed project report for the proposed Mekedatu balancing reservoir and drinking water project, it has also convened a special session of the state Assembly to press for the withdrawal of Centre's nod to the preparation of the DPR. 

Incidentally, Shivakumar's letter to Palaniswami has been dispatched on the day that the special session has been convened.

Shivakumar has said that Karnataka wanted to clarify to the Tamil Nadu government and the people of the state that the project would not affect the flow of Cauvery to the lower riparian state.

"Cauvery is a lifeline to the people of states. Governments and people of both states are desirous of a permanent solution to the issues pertaining to Cauvery. Karnataka desires to have an amicable solution to the Mekedatu project. There are misconceptions about the project in the minds of the people and the Tamil Nadu government - though the actual reality of the project is different. I seek your appointment to discuss the project details at your convenience," states Shivakumar's letter.

Also coinciding with the ongoing developments is the meeting convened by Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy to discuss the state's water disputes and irrigation projects. 
Former chief ministers and water resources minister have been invited for this meeting.

Recently, Kumaraswamy also requested the state MPs to stand united against any opposition by Tamil Nadu to the Mekedatu project.

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