Central govt planning to link Cauvery-Godhavari, TN will get more water: CM

The union government has proposed the linking of Godhavari and Cauvery rivers to facilitate the optimum utilisation of surplus water going waste into the sea, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami has said.

With the Cauvery case coming up before the Supreme Court today, the current situation does not warrant any discussion with anyone over the issue of sharing of Cauvery river water, Palaniswami has said.

“The current situation does not call for any discussion with anyone, as the state government is waiting for the final verdict of the Supreme Court,” he said.

If Godhavari river was linked with the Cauvery, Tamil Nadu could get 125 TMC of water, thereby benefitting farmers of Namakkal, Salem and Tiruchy districts, said the Chief Minister.

He added that the State government had already requested the Centre to take steps to execute such a project. Speaking more on the conservation of water, he said that 1,511 lakes would be desilted under the kudimaramathu scheme this year.

The Centre will be presenting a draft Cauvery water sharing scheme directly to the Supreme Court today. Based on it, the apex court is expected to deliver a final verdict in the four-decade-old vexatious Cauvery river water dispute issue.