Tamil Nadu Chief Minsiter K. Palaniswami on Wednesday 10 July ‘19 told
Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar that the Expert Appraisal
Committee for River Valley and Hydro Electric Projects under his ministry is
violating the final order of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal and the
Supreme Court judgement.
In a letter to Javadekar, the text of
which was released to the media, Palaniswami said the Expert Appraisal
Committee for River Valley and Hydro Electric Projects functioning under the
Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has included
Karnataka's proposal for grant of fresh Terms of Reference to the Mekedatu
Balancing Reservoir and Drinking Water Project in its meeting scheduled to be
held on July 19, 2019.
By including the Karnataka’s proposal,
the Committee violates SC order
"The action of the Committee to
include the proposal of Karnataka for discussion in the meeting is a violation
of the Notified Final Order of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal and the
judgment of the Honorable Supreme Court," Palaniswami said.
Pointing out Tamil Nadu's opposition to the
proposed project, Palaniswami said Karnataka has not obtained the prior
concurrence of Tamil Nadu and of other Cauvery river basin states.
Mekedatu will affect the share of the
lower riparian State
"Cauvery basin being a deficit
basin, construction of Mekedatu or any project in any place by upper riparian
State will drastically affect the lower riparian State in getting its due share
of water," Palaniswami said.
"The Government of Tamil Nadu has filed an
Interlocutory Application before the Supreme Court against the proposal of
Karnataka for constructing a reservoir and also a Contempt Petition against all
concerned and the matter is pending in the Supreme Court," he added.
TN CM requested Javadekar to have the
Karnataka’s proposal withdrawn from discussion
The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister requested
Javadekar to instruct his ministry to issue instructions to the Expert
Appraisal Committee for River Valley and Hydro Electric Projects to withdraw
the subject of grant of fresh Terms of Reference to Karnataka for Mekedatu
Balancing Reservoir and Drinking Water Project from the Agenda for the 25th
meeting of the Committee to be held on on July 19.
He also requested that the Committee be directed
to desist from entertaining the Karnataka's proposal in future and the present
one be rejected and returned to Karnataka.
In a similar letter to the Union Jal Sakthi
Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, the Chief Minister has requested the former
to take up the matter with the Environment Ministry.