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Mekedatu Project

Mekedatu project:

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has appointed a joint committee to look into allegations of unauthorized construction activity taking place in Mekedatu, where the Karnataka government had proposed to construct a dam across the Cauvery River.

  • Acting suo motu based on a media report, the NGT has directed the panel to submit a report on or before July 5.
  • The Mekedatu multi-purpose project involves building a balancing reservoir across the Cauvery River near Kanakapura in Ramanagaram district.
  • It envisages supplying drinking water to Bengaluru and Ramanagaram districts, besides the generation of power.
  • The project was conceived in 2013 and in 2017, the Karnataka state cabinet decided to implement it.
  • The project, however, ran into a controversy after Tamil Nadu opposed it on the grounds that the project violates the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal award.

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