SC notice to Karnataka on Sivasamudram project
Last Updated: Friday, August 21, 2009, 20:09
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday sought a response from Karnataka government on the allegation by Tamil Nadu that it has unilaterally decided to go ahead with Sivasamudram Hydero power project in the Cauvery basin by violating the directions of Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal.

A Bench comprising Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan and Justice P Sathasivam issued notices to Karnataka government and the Centre and sought their replies in three weeks.

Senior advocate K Parasaran mentioned the application of Tamil Nadu government in which it alleged that instead of putting the control of the project under a neutral agency, the Karnataka government was executing it through Karnataka Power Corporation Ltd.

Tamil Nadu submitted that Karnataka was not accepting the direction of the Tribunal that the project has to go through a neutral body like National Hydro Power Corporation (NHPC).

It said the Centre had come out with a proposal Cauvery-Mettur Hydro Electrical Project in 1998 by which four projects -- Sivasamudram, Mekadatu, Rasimanal and Hogenekkal -- were to be executed by NHPC.

While Sivasamudram and Mekadatu project fall within the territory of Karnataka, Rasimanal and Hogenekkal come under Tamil Nadu.

Tamil Nadu has sought a direction to the Centre to execute all the four hydro projects as a package through NHPC or any other appropriate central power generation utility so as to derive maximum benefits of power potential.

Bureau Report

First Published: Friday, August 21, 2009, 20:09

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