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Kerala against river linking proposal: CM

Press Trust of India Thiruvananthapuram | Updated on January 11, 2018 Published on May 09, 2017

The Centre has promised that it would not go ahead with the Pamba-Achankovil-Vypar river linking project without the consent of Kerala, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan told the state assembly today.

The state had all along taken the stand that Pamba-Achankovil would not be allowed to be connected with the Vypar river in Tamil Nadu, he said in a written reply.

State representatives had always put forward this stand at the meeting of technical advisory committee governing body of the National Water Development Authority that had prepared the feasibility study report on the project, Vijayan said.

The Chief Minister said that NWDA authorities had assured the state that further steps on the river link would not be taken up without the consent of Kerala.

Besides, Kerala had also pointed out its opposition to the project at the Special Committee for interlinking of Rivers, he said.

With regard to the issues related to inter-state water disputes, Vijayan said the state government had already given its recommendations for amendments to be brought in Inter State River Water Disputes Act 1956 proposed by the Centre.

Kerala has asked for a clear-cut definition of inter-state rivers, he added.

Published on May 09, 2017
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