Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat has said that the Centre was awaiting the reply from Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Puducherry on the issue of construction of dam across Markandeya River. In reply to a question in the Lok Sabha, the Minister told that the detailed project report of Pennaiyar-Palar Intra-state link project was prepared by National Water Development Agency. It was based on the request of Tamil Nadu and circulated to the concerned states in August 2018.
He added that the government had constituted a committee under the Chairmanship of the Central Water Commission after a complaint was lodged by the Tamil Nadu Government in 2019. Mr Shekhawat said that two meetings of the negotiation committee were held till now and further details from the concerned State Governments were awaited.
To another question on whether environment and forestry clearances have been obtained for construction of Mekedatu multi- purpose project across River Cauvery, the Minister told that the environmental clearance under the provisions of the 2006 notification have not been accorded to the proposal.