Karnataka CM discusses Mekedatu project with Union Minister Shekawat

Bengaluru, Jul 2 (IANS): Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Friday asked Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat to approve the Comprehensive Development Plan formulated by the state for implementation of Mekedatu project, sources said.

As Shekhawat called on him here, Bommai briefed him in detail on the need for building a balacing reservoir for utilisation of water for generation of electricity and drinking purposes in Bengaluru and surrounding areas, Chief Minister's Office sources said.

He said that Mekedatu project is formulated within the share of water awarded to Karnataka, and the water will be stored in the reservoir only after giving Tamil Nadu its due share, sources said.

Bommai requested the Union Minister to neglect the objections raised by Tamil Nadu in this regard and give approval for Karnataka to go ahead with Mekedatu project.

The meeting assumes importance against the backdrop of meeting of the Central Water Commission (CWC) on July 6 and 7, where it is scheduled to take a call on the proposal of implementation of comprehensive development plan with regard to the Mekedatu project.



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  • R.Krishna, Mangalore

    Sat, Jul 02 2022

    The never ending talks with the Jal Shakthi minister has yielded zero results so far. Only last week he has assured TN minister that the Centre is not going to grant approval for Mekedatu. Mr. Bommai must disclose the outcome of his countless visits to Delhi upon his return. During his last visit the FM and PM have hinted to take steps to rejuvenate the 70 odd lakes in Bangalore to meet the drinking water needs. The writing is on the wall. The Centre will never grant approval to the State. Until Karnataka elections the charade of visits to Delhi and meetings in Bangalore shall continue.

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