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MEKEDATU : FARMERS URGE TAMIL NADU TO TAKE UP ISSUE WITH BOARD

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TRICHY: Opposing Centre’s move to grant preliminary nod to the contentious Mekedatu project’s pre-feasibility report, farmers in delta districts have urged the Tamil Nadu government to file a petition against the Union government’s move.

P R Pandian, president of All Farmers Associations’ Coordination Committee, said that if dam was built across Cauvery in Mekedatu, the delta region in Tamil Nadu would vanish. Though the Centre has no right to give its nod to Karnataka to execute a feasibility test, it has done the same by going against the Supreme Court ruling, he said.

“The Cauvery issue has attained the final stage of arrving at a solution. However, the BJP-led government has again kicked up a row only for political gains. The Tamil Nadu government should immediately approach the Cauvery Management Board, requesting it to convene a meeting where we should take up the issue and ask the board to insist on the Union government to withdraw the nod”, he said.

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“The Centre’s nod for preparing pre-feasibility report was against the law. When Cauvery Management Board has already been formed at the directive of apex court, the Karnataka government has no right to go further on this issue, said Mannargudi S Ranganathan, general secretary of Tamil Nadu Cauvery Delta Farmers’ Welfare Association.

“If our neighbouring state would be allowed to build a dam in Mekedatu, it will create unrest in Tamil Nadu,” he said. Meanwhile, BJP national secretary H Raja said that it was impossible for Karnataka to build a dam across the Cauvery river without the consent of the Cauvery Management Board and the two respective states.

“However, we will not allow anyone to build a dam there, and the Tamil Nadu BJP is clear on that,” the BJP leader said while speaking to the reporters in Kumbakonam in Thanjavur on Wednesday.

 

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