Karnataka reply to SC notice on Mekedatu awaited: Palaniswami

Chennai, Dec.13:
Chief Minister K.Edapadi Palaniswami today told newsmen that Tamil Nadu government awaits Supreme Court ruling in the two cases on Mekedatu issue filed against Karnataka and the Union Water Resources Ministry. Contempt of court petition have been filed against Karnataka minister and officials for the unilateral step by declaring to go ahead with the Mekedatu project and violating the court ruling not to proceed with any new dam project on Cauvery .
The court has issued a notice to Karnataka to reply in four weeks time to the Tamil Nadu contention. So also contempt of court petition has been filed against Union Water Resources Ministry for giving the nod to the Karnataka government to file its Mekedatu project report.
Turning to the rift in Dinakaran party raised by newsmen he said it has been the policy of AIADMK that all those who had left the parent body should come back and myself and O.Pannerselvam have made an appeal to this effect to Dinakaran followers.
Can Dinakaran also rejoin?, a newsmen asked to which Edapadi replied in the negative.
Replying to a query that though government has been doing good Gaja relief work Opposition has been denying it and what was his reaction. Edapadi it was always easy for anyone to criticise but difficult to perform. Unmindful of such empty criticisms government has been working on a war footing as usual to provide maximum relief to all storm victims he said and listed the steps taken.
He said 2.21 lakh lamp posts were set right in record time and 1600 transformers have been repaired swiftly and in most of the areas power has been restored which was a monumental task undertaken by the electricity staff.
Some of the houses in fields and far off places were also being given power supply, he pointed out.
Government was working on providing one lakh houses to the victims, he added.

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