Letter to the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister (Parambikkulam-Aliyar Project water issue)

Dear Thiru Edappadi K. Palaniswami,

I write this to seek your urgent intervention for issuing necessary directions for the release of legitimate share of water to Kerala under the Parambikkulam-Aliyar Project Agreement by ensuring 400 cusecs discharge at the Manacadavu weir, up to 15th February, 2018.

During the extra ordinary meeting of JWR Board on 19th January 2018, it was agreed that Tamil Nadu would ensure discharge of 400 cusecs up to 15th February 2018 and further supply will be decided in the meeting to be held at Chennai on 10th February 2018, at Secretary level. However as per reports received, the discharge at Manacadavu was only 131 cusecs on February 6, 67 cusecs yesterday and only 32 cusecs at 8.00 AM today (08.02.2018). This is a disquieting trend and I am sorry to have to state that there is a continued reneging of the PAP agreement by the officials of Tamil Nadu.

The failure to ensure the discharge of 400 cusecs at Manacadavu is causing undue hardship to the farmers in Palakkad, who are facing drinking water shortage and imminent drought which would result in loss of paddy crop in Chitturpuzha valley.

Although I had tried to speak to you on 6th February night and yesterday to inform about the critical situation in Palakkad and the need to fulfil the obligations by Tamil Nadu under the PAP agreement, the call did not materialise as you are recuperating after cataract surgery. I convey my best wishes to you for a speedy recovery.

In view of the most critical situation at Palakkad, I request your kind personal attention in the matter to ensure the discharge of 400 cusecs at Manacadavu up to 15th February 2018.

With regards,

Yours sincerely,

PINARAYI VIJAYAN

THIRU EDAPPADI K. PALANISWAMI
The Chief Minister,
Government of Tamil Nadu
Chennai-600 009.