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TN to release 1.2 tmc ft water to Kerala till Jan 31

Chennai, Dec 27 (): Deciding to release 1.2 thousand million cubic feet of water to Kerala, Tamil Nadu after a long debate has decided to release water from the Aliyar dam via Manacadavu weir which will begin on Thursday till January 31.

The decision to release water was taken on Wednesday in Pollachi in the 94th meeting of the Joint Water Regulatory Board (JWRB) which came unexpected. The meeting was attended by Chief Engineer of Water Resources Organisation K. Ranganathan, and Chief Engineer of Kerala Irrigation Department Ms. Lathika.

The board a week back was firm to approach the Supreme Court in order to protect the quantum of water due to that State. In its last meeting on Oct 16 the board decided to release 1.25 tmcft to Kerala till Dec 31. The board members who attended the Oct 16 meeting decided to meet once again in January but had to conduct an earlier meeting owing to a dry spell and demand from farmers who said standing crops on 20,000 acres in Chittur and Palakkad were on the edge of being contemptuous.

Tamil Nadu according to the PAP agreement is to release7.25 tmc ft water to Kerala from the Aliyar dam, besides 12.3 tmc ft from Sholayar dam. Tamil Nadu’s claim is 28 tmc ft, whereas Kerala’s total share is 19.55 tmc ft.

Even after Tamil Nadu is running short of water, it had kept its promise of releasing water to Kerala, said officials.  Till now Tamil Nadu has released 3.45 tmc ft from its Aliyar dam. Kerala also made a request to release sixty percent of the remaining 3.80 tmcft – 1.75 tmcft at once.

To take stock of the situation one more meeting will be held in February in which release of the remaining 0.55 tmc ft  of water will be decided before the current water year concludes on June 30, 2013.