Cauvery & Mullaiperiyar: TN places important demands to Centre

Tamil Nadu has urged the Centre to sanction a Rs 10,700-crore Cauvery river rejuvenation scheme on the lines of Namami Gange Project.

During a virtual meeting with Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Chief Minister Palaniswami said he has announced ‘Nadandhai Vaazhi Cauvery’, a scheme for rehabilitation and rejuvenation of the river, which is “the lifeline of Tamil Nadu, not only for agriculture, but also for drinking water”.

Palaniswami said, “The Water and Power Consultancy Services Limited is preparing a Detailed Project Report. Cauvery is the lifeline of TN, not only for agriculture but also drinking water. So, I request that this project may be sanctioned as a special programme like Namami Gange Project and may be taken up as a national project.”

Recalling that Tamil Nadu had requested to re-work the alignment of Godavari-Cauvery river project and to allot 200 TMC of water to Tamil Nadu, Palaniswami urged the Union Minister to instruct the National Water Development Agency (NWDA) to quickly complete the detailed project report (DPR) and begin work.

Shekhawat on his twitter handle said, “Today, held a virtual meeting with CM Tamil Nadu Sh.E.K. Palaniswami through VC along with MoS Sh.R L Kataria and officials of the ministry. “Discussion held over the ongoing work of providing piped water along with other aspects of timely implementation of Jal Jeevan Mission.” Also, Palaniswami reiterated Tamil Nadu’s opposition to Karnataka pitching for a dam across Cauvery at Mekedatu and the Central Water Commission giving permission for preparing a Detailed Project Report.

On the Dam Safety Bill (Mullaiperiyar row which is a longpending issue between Tamil Nadu and Kerala), Palaniswami said Tamil Nadu has requested
certain corrections in certain clauses in the proposed Bill and conveyed to the Centre.

The State which owns, operates and controls the Mullaiperiyar dam should have full operational control with regard to the dam safety, he said, adding, the State
government’s request for corrections in the Dam Safety Bill should be included before it was introduced in the Lok Sabha. Palaniswami said with regard to Jal Jeevan Mission, baseline data of rural household has been updated and uploaded in the month of May.