Mekedatu row: Centre to convene crucial meeting of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu Chief Ministers
Source :NewsBharati   Date :27-Dec-2018

 

New Delhi, Dec 27: In order to put an end to the long-standing deadlock over the construction of Mekedatu project, the central government has decided to convene a meeting of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu Chief Ministers.

On Wednesday, Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy called on Union water resource Minister Nitin Gadkari and briefed about the on-going development. The Chief Minister also sought central government’s intervention to resolve the inter-state water sharing dispute.


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Tamil Nadu is against the construction of Mekedatu and even moved to the apex court. On the other hand, the Karnataka government is pitching hard for the prestigious irrigation project across the river Cauvery.

Tamil Nadu government alleged that with the Mekedatu project, the neighboring state is trying to expand its irrigation network which is against the directives of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal Award.

The Central Water Commission has already cleared the action plan submitted by the Karnataka government for the construction Mekedatu balancing reservoir project.

In a bid to address the issues raised by Tamil Nadu, senior Congress leader and Karnataka Irrigation Minister DK Shivakumar wrote a letter to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and expressed the need for an amicable solution.