There has been a strict decision taken in regard to Mekedatu dam. In the Tamil Nadu Assembly on Tuesday, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Edappadi K Palaniswami announced that the state government will never give permission for the construction of the Mekedatu dam in Karnataka. The speech came a day before Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa and state Water Resources Minister Ramesh Jarkiholi are cataloged to meet union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar.
The CM said in the Assembly, “Karnataka brought it up in the Cauvery Water Management Authority and we opposed it strongly. Then it was removed from the agenda. There is a case against this dam in the Supreme Court. Hence let me categorically state that the government of Tamil Nadu will not allow them to construct Mekedatu dam.” He was responding an inquiry raised by DMK’s Durai Murugan, who is also the Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly. CM Edappadi appended that the Supreme Court order on the Cauvery dispute simply stated that the water share to Tamil Nadu shall not be blocked or redirected.
This allows Tamil Nadu to stand in the legal battle on Mekedatu. On Wednesday, the Karnataka delegation is programmed to meet Javadekar. They are anticipated to address the Environmental Clearance (EC) for the construction of the Mekedatu dam in Ramanagara. The Detailed Project Report (DPR) for the project was prepared by the government of Karnataka in 2018 and the project was slated to receive EC immediately after that. However, amid the fall of the coalition government in Karnataka and the COVID-19 pandemic, the project fell on the backburners.