Chennai, The Tamil Nadu Government on Wednesday strongly opposed the recent move by the Central Water Commission (CWC) giving clearance to Karnataka to prepare the Detailed Project Report (DPR) for constructing a reservoir at Mekedatu.
Delivering his customary address to the State Assembly on the first session of the New Year, Governor Banwarilal Purohit said CWC giving the nod for Karnataka was a blatant violation of the Supreme Court judgment on the order of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal which states that‘upper riparian State should not take any action that would affect the scheduled deliveries of water to lower riparian States.
‘It is my duty to point out that this august House has also passed a resolution unanimously condemning and opposing the action of the Karnataka government and the CWC’, he said.
The state government has also urged the Union Government to direct the CWC immediately to withdraw the permission granted for preparing the DPR and to restrain Karnataka or its agencies from taking up any work at Mekedatu or at any other place in the Cauvery basin of Karnataka, in violation of the final order of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal and the Apex Court judgment without the consent of Tamil Nadu.
Mr Purohit said the state Government also opposed the attempt by Kerala to construct a new dam to replace the existing MullaiPeriyar Dam and would continue its pursuit of raising the water level of the dam to 152 feet.
‘Though the inter-State river water disputes can be better resolved through mutual trust and understanding, Tamil Nadu has been repeatedly forced to seek legal remedy to protect its legitimate riparian rights’, he said.
Following the footsteps of late J Jayalalithaa, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami was committed to protecting the interests of the farmers and the people of Tamil Nadu by all legal means in inter-State river water disputes, he added.