SC to Cauvery authority: No discussion on Karnataka’s Mekedatu dam plan on July 22

Tamil Nadu petition had sought to restrain CWMA from deliberating on proposed dam on the inter-state river at Mekedatu.

ByUmar Sharieef

Published Jul 20, 2022 | 4:48 PMUpdatedJul 28, 2022 | 2:16 PM

Supreme Court

The Supreme Court, on Wednesday, 20 July, directed the Cauvery Water Management Authority (CWMA) not to discuss Karnataka’s Mekedatu dam plan in its 22 July meeting.

The Tamil Nadu government had filed a petition in the Supreme Court to restrain the CWMA from deliberating on the proposed construction of a reservoir at Mekedatu across the inter-state river Cauvery by Karnataka.

Senior Advocate Mukul Rohtagi appeared for Tamil Nadu and argued that the CWMA had no authority to discuss the Mekedatu dam plan.

Tamil Nadu’s allegations

Tamil Nadu has alleged that the Karnataka government has been supplying the state less water from the Cauvery than prescribed by the Supreme Court in 2018.

However, the Karnataka government has contended in court that it has provided the allocated water to Tamil Nadu.

The court, after the arguments of counsels, ordered CWMA not to discuss the Mekedatu dam plan in its upcoming meeting on 22 July.

Senior counsel Shyam Divan, appearing for the Karnataka government, sought the rejection of Tamil Nadu’s plea and said the discussion on Mekedatu keeps getting postponed.

Supreme Court order

Noting that the Cauvery water dispute has been intensifying since 2018, the Supreme Court adjourned the matter till the next hearing on 26 July.

“The CWMA meeting can convene, but there should not be a discussion about the Mekedatu dam plan,” Supreme Court ordered.

Tamil Nadu Water Resource Minister Durai Murugan, on 22 June, had led a team of the legislature party leaders to New Delhi and urged Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat not to allow any deliberation on the dam plan as the CWMA has no right to do so.