The war of words over implementation of the Mekedatu project across the Cauvery river is refusing to stop.
After Congress accused the BJP government of going slow and lacking intent to implement this project, CM Basavaraj Bommai questioned them in a statement saying: “Instead of implementing the project, what did the Congress leaders do?”
He also objected to the proposed Padayatra from Mekedatu to Bengaluru, saying it is not right to mount pressure on the government. “Congress took years to prepare a DPR (Detailed Project Report). Why didn’t they expedite the process and implement the project?” The CM asked.
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With Tamil Nadu objecting to this project, the state government is presently fighting the case legally. “We need the Central Water Commission’s approval for the project. Honestly, we are trying to get it. We are confident that the permission will come. As soon as that happens, we will make an effort to implement the project,” he added.
Mekedatu is a multi-purpose (drinking and power) project, which involves building a balancing reservoir near Kanakapura in Ramanagara district.
Once completed, the project will ensure drinking water for Bengaluru and neighbouring areas and also generate 400MW of power. The estimated cost of the project is Rs 9,000 crore.