Hubballi. March 6.
The Union government has been requested to approve the Detailed Project Report (DPR) for the Mekedatu project soon, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said.
Speaking to media persons at the Hubballi airport Bommai said, the Union Water Resources minister has been apprised of the significance of the Mekedatu project.
An all party meeting would be convened to discuss the issue during the ongoing Budget session of state legislature. “Later we will leave for Delhi to discuss Mekedatu and major irrigation projects including Krishna,” Bommai said.
Bommai has earmarked Rs. 1000 cr for the proposed mekedatu project in his maiden budget presented on March 4.
The Rs. 9,000 crore Mekedatu drinking water scheme involves construction of balancing reservoir at Mekedatu to impound excess water. Besides ensuring drinking water supply to Bengaluru and other districts in the vicinity, it will also generate power. However, the project has been opposed by Tamil Nadu, the lower riparian state in the Cauvery river basin.
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