Centre's nod sought to build reservoirs at Mekedatu

Centre's nod sought to build reservoirs at Mekedatu

Instead of flowing excess Cauvery water to sea, it can be stored at the proposed balancing reservoir at Mekedatu and utilised by both Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, the state told the Centre. DH Photo

Karnataka on Wednesday sought permission from the Centre to construct balancing reservoirs at Mekedatu on River Cauvery.

Karnataka Water Resources Minister D K Shivakumar met Union Water Resources Minister Nitin Gadkari and requested that if the project comes up, it would help in storing excess water from the Cauvery.

The project would not obstruct Tamil Nadu getting its share of water from the Cauvery, Shivakumar said.

Instead of flowing excess water to sea, it can be stored at balancing reservoir and utilised by both the states, he said.

He also sought Rs 4,450 crore for renovating the crest gates of Narayanpura, Kadra and Ghataprabha reservoirs.

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