Inter-state river disputes: Tamil Nadu, Kerala hold third round of talks

PTI Chennai | Updated on September 18, 2021

Previously, two meetings had been held in 2019 and 2020

Tamil Nadu and Kerala on Friday held the third round of talks between respective committees set up to discuss various inter-state river water disputes.

An official release from the Tamil Nadu government said that separate panels were established earlier to discuss the Parambikulam-Aliyar and Pandiyaru-Punnambuzha issues, and two meetings had been held earlier in 2019 and 2020.

“The third round of talks of these committees were held virtually today,” it said.

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Tamil Nadu raised matters including the Anaimalaiyaru scheme, Neeraru-Nallaru linking, getting the Centre’s nod to remove 23 trees on Baby Dam and Mullaiperiyar reservoir, and releasing of water from Neyyar Dam to benefit irrigation lands in Kanniyakumari’s Vilavankode taluk among others, the release added.

The subjects flagged by Kerala included renewing the Parambikulam-Aliyar project agreement and one on producing electricity from Mullaiperiyar dam, it said.

While Tamil Nadu was represented by a team of officials headed by PWD Additional Chief Secretary Sandeep Saxena, Kerala Water Resources Additional Chief Secretary T K Jose led the Kerala side.

Published on September 18, 2021

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