Kerala to release water to TN from Neyyar

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Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 24 (UNI) The Kerala Government today decided to release water from the Neyyar dam to Tamil Nadu based on a statutory resolution passed by the state Assembly, which stipulated for providing water to the neighbouring state for irrigation purposes.

''Water Resources Minister N K Premamchandran has been authorised to look into the matter,'' Chief Minister V S Achutanandan told reporters here after the cabinet meeting.

The water would be released as per the agreement between the two states, he informed.

Asked if any fee would be levied for the water released, Mr Achutananadan said it would all be based on the resolution adopted in the State Assembly.

Meanwhile, the Tamil Nadu government had yesterday sought the Centre's intervention on the Neyyar river water issue.

Urging the Union Government to provide appropriate advice to Kerala on the issue, the Tamil Nadu government pointed out that thousands of acres of land in Vilavancode taluk of Kanniyakumari district had received water from the Neyyar dam till 2004. Since then, the state had stopped supplying water.

The Kerala Assembly had passed a statutory resolution (under Section 30 of the Kerala Irrigation and Water Conservation Act) authorising the Government to enter into an agreement regarding supply of water to Tamil Nadu from the Neyyar Irrigation Project.

The resolution specified that the water could be supplied for agriculture purposes in Vilavankodu village of Kannyakumari district at a rate to be fixed from time-to-time.

UNI

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