TN’s objection to Mekedatu dam political: Siddaramaiah

PTI Bengaluru | Updated on January 24, 2018 Published on March 28, 2015

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramiah (file photo)

Kannada Rakshana Vedikae cadres carry an effigy of the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O. Paneerselvam to protest Tamil Nadu's stance against Karnataka's proposal to build the Mekedatu dam on the Cauvery, at Athibele border in Hosur on Saturday. -- N. Bashkaran

Terming Tamil Nadu’s objection to the proposed Mekedatu dam project across the Cauvery river as politically motivated, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah today said the state government knows how to face the issue “legally and through other means”.

“They have been creating this fuss from the beginning, we are giving 192 tmc ft as per the (Cauvery water disputes) tribunal order,” Siddaramaiah told reporters here.

He said “we are building the Mekedatu dam within our state, they will not have any problem from it, they are doing it for the sake of politics, we know how to face this both legally and through other means,” he added.

Farmers’ bodies have called for a bandh in Tamil Nadu today over the issue, to which several state political parties have expressed their support.

The Tamil Nadu Assembly had yesterday adopted a unanimous resolution urging the Centre to rein in Karnataka from going ahead with its plan to build the dam across the inter-state river.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam recently had even written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to advise Karnataka not to build new dams across the Cauvery at Mekedatu, saying it would affect his state.

Siddaramaiah in his budget speech, presented on March 13, proposed preparing a detailed project report for the construction of a balancing reservoir on the upstream part of the Cauvery river in Mekedatu.

He had said global expressions of interest had been invited, and a sum of Rs 25 crore provided in the coming fiscal.

Published on March 28, 2015
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