K’taka plans new dam at Mekedatu: Farmers to protest
Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah’s assertion on Monday that his government planned to build a reservoir at a cost of `5,912 crore in Mekedatu across the Cauvery is set to churn the political scene in Tamil Nadu. The farmers community in the Cauvery delta region will intensify the agitation against Karnataka during a proposed state-wide bandh on August 25 protesting the lack of water release from reservoirs across the border.
“A project report has been prepared with regard to construction of a balance reservoir at a cost of `5,912 crore across the Cauvery near Mekedatu to utilise excess water flowing into the sea during rainy season.The project is expected to generate 400MW power besides providing drinking water to Bengaluru city ,“ Siddaramaiah said after hoisting the tricolor at Field Marshal Manekshaw Parade Grounds in Bengaluru.
CPM state secretary G Ramakrishnan said the Karnataka government’s plan was highly condemnable. “The Centre should intervene immediately . It is high time, the Cauvery Management Board and Cauvery Water Regulation Committee, the permanent mechanisms envisaged by the Cauvery water disputes tribunal are set up to put an end to such unilateral action,“ he said. Cauvery delta all farmers associations’ coordination committee leader P R Pandian said the Mekedatu plan was unacceptable and would affect the flow of water to Tamil Nadu in the coming years. Chennai too depends on drinking water supply from Veeranam tank fed by the Cauvery .
Farmers said water-deficit lower riparian state Tamil Nadu has been battling legally to get its due from the inter-state river every year. The shortterm kuruvai crop has been given a miss due to non-availability of water in Mettur reservoir with water yet to be released from Karnataka’s four reservoirs. Now with uncertainty over the long-term samba crop as well, the Mekedatu reservoir plan could further raise temperatures in Tamil Nadu.
dinathanthi newspaper 16/08/2016 : http://www.dinathanthiepaper.in/firstpage.aspx