In a statement, AIADMK Coordinator O. Panneerselvam said, “On 16-06-2022, I called for the necessary steps to be taken to prevent any discussion on the construction of the Megha Dadu Dam at the Cauvery Management Board meeting to be held on 23-06-2022, with the whole of Tamil Nadu protesting. It is shocking that its chairman said yesterday that the Megha Dadu Dam would be discussed at a meeting of the Cauvery Management Commission.
In an interview after the inspection, the Chairman of the Cauvery Management Commission said that the Megha Dadu Dam would be discussed at the Cauvery Management Commission meeting on 23-06-2022 and that it was wrong to say that it should not be discussed at the Commission meeting and that it should ask the Government of Tamil Nadu. The head of the commission said in an interview that the Cauvery Management Authority was an independent body and that it was their duty to implement water sharing as per the Supreme Court ruling. That is to say, on the one hand it is contradictory to say that the Meghadau Dam will be discussed at the Cauvery Management Board meeting and on the other hand it is our duty to implement water sharing.
Nothing is mentioned about the Meghadau Dam except that it is clearly stated in the scope of study that it is the task of the Cauvery Management Board to implement the water sharing as per the Supreme Court judgment. Therefore, Karnataka receives 177.25 TMC per annum for Tamil Nadu. The Cauvery Management Board should ensure that water is supplied on a monthly basis.
Beyond that, the chairman of the Kaveri Management Board’s claim that we are going to discuss the construction of the Meghadau Dam is beyond the jurisdiction. Not only that, the case on this subject is pending in the Supreme Court. At this juncture, the Cauvery Management Authority’s inspection of the Mettur Dam and the fort has caused a great deal of suspicion among farmers.
Permission to build the Meghadau Dam will be granted in addition to the 67 TMC. Is equivalent to allowing water to be stored in Karnataka. As a result, the amount of water released to Tamil Nadu will be greatly reduced. With the area under cultivation already declining due to lack of sufficient water, the overall agriculture would be severely affected if the Meghadau Dam is built.
Tamil Nadu farmers expect the Cauvery Management Board to act within its jurisdiction and take action to prevent the issue of the Megha Dadu Dam from being taken up for discussion. The Government of Tamil Nadu has a responsibility and a duty to give shape to the thinking of Tamil Nadu farmers.
Therefore, the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu should immediately intervene and stop the discussion on the construction of the Megha Dadu Dam at the Cauvery Management Board meeting, and if the matter is taken up for further discussion, the matter is pending in the Supreme Court and the Commission has no jurisdiction over the ‘Meghadau Dam’. On behalf of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, I urge you to pinch the bud. ”
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