Engineers to meet TN official on river linking

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Madurai, Oct 16 (UNI) A team of engineers from the National Waterways Development Council, a foundation advocating linking of rivers in the country, will meet Tamil Nadu Planning Board Deputy Chairman N Naganathan to hold parleys on linking of four major rivers in the state.

Council Chairman A C Kamaraj told reporters here today that the team, headed by him, would meet Mr Naganathan on October 18 to discuss linking of Cauvery, Vaigai, Thamirabarani and Palar rivers.

The Rs 37,000 crore river networking project would put an end to wastage of water as surplus outflow from one river could be diverted to another. ''As the river network will help ferrying goods, there will be a return of ten per cent from the investment,'' he said.

Refuting 'excuses' against the project, citing poor monsoons drying of many rivers in the state, he said ''the scheme will be a revenue spinner. It will increase greenery in the state and resolve shortage of drinking water.'' UNI XR JJ AE BD1722

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