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Mekedatu Project; Karnataka Govt submits report to CWC

Prime News, National, Bengaluru, July 1:- undeterred by the opposition from TN, Karnataka has submitted its Mekedatu detail project to Central Water Commission at a cost of Rs. 5,912 crore.

Rs. 5912 crore Mekedatu project planned to construct the balancing reservoir across the river Cauvery to meet the drinking water needs of Bengaluru and surrounding areas with a storage capacity of 66.50 tmc feet.

The Cauvery Neeravari Nigam Limited, submitted DPR to CWC chief engineer on June 7, awaiting the green signal from the Centre to commence the project, said CNNL officials.
The Mekedatu reservoir, once come up, also envisages power production, the reservoir will be 660 metres long and 99 metres high and will submerge total of 4,995.9 hectares.

That includes 4,716 hectares of forest land and 280 hectares of revenue land. The state government has reiterated that the Mekedatu project will not disrupt the flow of water to Tamil Nadu.

However, the project is likely to be a battle between politicians of both the states and put the Centre in a tight spot.

If the Centre does not give a go ahead to the project to Karnataka it will have a challenging task in the run-up to the assembly polls in 2018.

If the Centre allows the project, it will find it difficult to make inroads into Tamil Nadu before the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

However, the Karnataka irrigation minister maintained that the Mekedatu project does not violate the Cauvery Tribunal award, which allows Karnataka to utilise 190 tmc feet of water from Cauvery River and generate around 400 MW of power.

-(NAV, Inputs; Agencies)

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