The ministry of Environment & Forest (MOEF) has with held environment clearance for Mekedatu Balancing Reservoir project of Karnataka.
This project aim to augment Cauvery water supply to Bengaluru
It was opposed by Tamil Nadu
Ground for not granting environment clearance :
submergence of 52.5 sqkm of forest land including core area of Cauvery wildlife sanctuary.
Karnataka had sought granting of Terms of Reference (ToR) which is first step for clearance of environmental project.
The project intends to divert 4.75 tmcft of drinking water towards Bengaluru and for hydro project of 400 Mw