"The government desires to have an amicable solution. Itappears that some misconceptions about the proposed project have occurred in government's and Tamil Nadu people's mind though actual reality of the project is different," he said in a letter to Palaniswami.
"In view of this, I hereby seek your appointment to present the project details and also have discussion as indicated above at your convenient time," he added.
Shivakumar said the project would help in regulatingjudicious release of water so that excess water is not allowedto flow from the Mettur dam into the sea needlessly as has hadhappened this year.
Shivakumar, who also spoke to reporters, said the project was being considered for the state's power needs, not for irrigation.
He also urged Tamil Nadu not to politicise the issue.
The Central Water Commission recently allowed Karnataka to prepare a Detailed Project Report for the construction of a balancing reservoir-cum-drinking water project at Mekedatu across the Cauvery, which has been opposed by both the ruling AIADMK and DMK.
Political parties in Tamil Nadu contend that if the dam was permitted, it would affect Tamil Nadu farmers who depend on Cauvery waters for irrigation.
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