Makedatu Dam



  • The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has appointed a joint committee to look into allegations of unauthorised construction activity taking place for Mekedatu dam.


  • Acting suo motu based on a media report, NGT has directed the panel to submit a report.
  • The NGT also directed the joint committee to assess the damage caused to the environment in case of any construction made and determine the compensation payable by the respective authorities who are responsible.
  • If the project is to be implemented without conducting any Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) study and without obtaining necessary clearance, if any required, then it will be an unauthorized act affecting the environment.
    • Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is a process of evaluating the likely environmental impacts of a proposed project or development, considering inter-related socio-economic, cultural, and human-health impacts, both beneficial and adverse.

About Dam:

  • It is being constructed by the Karnataka government across the Cauvery River. 
  • The proposal is aimed at providing drinking water facilities to Bengaluru Metropolitan region and its surrounding areas (4.75 TMC) and generate 400 MW of power as an additional benefit.
  • The project cost is estimated at Rs 9,000 crore.

Significance of Dam

  • As per the plan, Bengaluru and other areas would get regular potable water.
  • It would be able to help the city address its water woes.
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