Chief Minister M K Stalin today opened the sluice gates of Mettur dam to release Cauvery water for irrigation of Kuruvai crops.
After inspecting the desilt works in Delta districts on Friday instructed the officials to ensure Mettur water reaches till the tail end of the region. The CM’s visit to the region comes a day before the opening of the Mettur Dam.
Meanwhile the CM also wrote a DO letter to Jal Shakthi Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat to ensure that Tamil Nadu gets the assured quantum of Cauvery water. “As per Supreme Court judgment, we (Tamil Nadu) are to receive 9.19 TMC of water in June and 31.24 TMC in July. I request you to take necessary steps to advise Cauvery Water Management Authority to ensure the realisation of water as per the monthly schedule,” he said.
The Chief Minister began his tour from Thanjavur district, where he inspected the ongoing renovation works at Kallanai, Kallanai canal, Kollidam, Vennaru and Cauvery, which were being undertaken at a cost of Rs 122 crore funded by the NABARD. He along with state Water Resources Minister Duraimurugan and additional Chief Secretary Sandeep Saxena visited a photo exhibition of the ongoing works.
Later, the Chief Minister inspected the desilt works at Muthalai Vadikal at Vallam and Vennaru near Palli Agraharam and inquired about the status of the jobs. After this, he proceeded to Tiruchy and inspected the desilt works at Kodingal canal at Kulumani Kodiyalam panchayat and the Pulivalam canal, which would recharge the Uyyankondan river that branches from the Cauvery.