The opposition AIADMK on Wednesday slammed Karnataka for reportedly shifting the Supreme Courtroom in opposition to Tamil Nadu’s Cauvery-Gundar interlinking scheme, alleging it was executed within the context of the state’s opposition to Mekedatu dam and was an expression of its “jealousy.”
AIADMK Coordinator O Panneerselvam stated the Cauvery-Gundar interlinking initiated by the earlier party-led authorities solely entails diverting extra water to drier areas in Tamil Nadu and wouldn’t have an effect on Karnataka.
The Rs 14,400 crore, 262 km undertaking is aimed toward diverting 6,300 cubic ft of surplus water throughout flood instances to drier areas within the state’s southern districts and the then Chief Minister Edappadi Ok Palaniswami had laid the inspiration stone for the primary of the three-phase initiative in February this yr.
Cauvery, South Vellar, Vaigai and Gundar rivers will probably be interlinked on this main intra-state water undertaking.
Panneerselvam, citing reviews of Karnataka shifting the apex court docket in opposition to the undertaking, stated it got here within the wake of Tamil Nadu’s “stiff opposition” to that state’s proposal to assemble a balancing reservoir on river Cauvery at Mekedatu there to fulfill the dual targets of assembly consuming water necessities and energy technology.
Tamil Nadu was against Karnataka’s proposal to assemble the dam because it was in opposition to the ultimate award of a Cauvery tribunal, even because the matter was pending earlier than the nation’s prime court docket.
“It’s unfair on a part of Karnataka to have moved the Supreme Courtroom in opposition to Tamil Nadu’s irrigation schemes simply because it didn’t give approval to the Mekedatu undertaking,” Panneerselvam stated in a press release.
Karnataka had nothing to do with Tamil Nadu’s intra-state undertaking, he stated.
Tamil Nadu was against the Mekedatu dam solely over fears of the discount in its quantum of water from the inter-state Cauvery river and the state’s delta area turning right into a ‘desert’ ought to the undertaking take form, he added.
On the similar time, the Cauvery-Gundar interlinking and associated initiatives together with building of shutter dams would solely assist in utilising surplus water and “wouldn’t affect Karnataka,” he added.
“Karnataka opposing schemes being carried out inside Tamil Nadu is an expression of jealousy,” and appeared to point it was okay with extra water draining into sea however not being helpful for the folks of his state, the previous chief minister alleged.
Based on the previous agreements between the then presidencies of Madras and Mysore, the latter can not assemble dams on Cauvery with out the opposite’s consent as Tamil Nadu was a decrease riparian state, Panneerselvam stated.
Karnataka, subsequently, had no grounds to maneuver the SC in opposition to the stated initiatives in Tamil Nadu and Chief Minister M Ok Stalin ought to take due authorized steps to make sure the previous’s petition was dismissed, he demanded.