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Centre preparing DPR on interlinking of rivers: TN CM

Prime News, Nation, (Chennai), October 9:-The Centre was preparing a Detailed Project Report (DPR) on interlinking the Godavari and Cauvery rivers, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami said here on Tuesday.

The DPR was being prepared after talks with the Telangana and Andhra Pradesh governments, he said.

The Chief Minister was talking to reporters after calling on Telangana Governor and former Tamil Nadu BJP President Tamilisai Soundararajan.

To a query, Palaniswami denied having taken up the issue with Soundararajan and said the meeting was just a courtesy call.

“The Centre has already taken steps on the issue,” he said.

On reports that the Karnataka government has moved the Supreme Court for constructing a dam at Mekedatu across the river Cauvery, Palaniswami recalled that the Environment Ministry had not given its nod for it.

He pointed out that case filed by the Tamil Nadu government against the construction of the dam was pending in the Supreme Court.

Noting that former Karnataka Minister D Shivakumar had issued statements that a dam would be constructed, Palaniswami said a contempt of court case had been filed against him in the apex court.

Palaniswami recalled that the he had written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Water Resources Ministry, stating that a dam should not be constructed across the river Cauvery as it would affect Tamil Nadu.

“Through letters and also via memorandum submitted to the Water Resources Ministry and Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) in person, I have taken up the issue, requesting that a dam should not be constructed across Cauvery.

Based on that, the Water Resources Ministry issued a statement on July 19 that the dam should not be constructed at Mekedatu”, he said.

-(NAV, Inputs: Agencies)

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