Want water released from PAP

A delegation of farmers’ organisations will meet Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and Water Resources Minister P.J. Joseph in the State capital on December 17 to seek their intervention to get water released from the inter-State Parambikulam-Aliyar Project (PAP) to save standing paddy crop in 45,000 acres of land in the Chitturpuzha irrigation project area in Palakkad district.

Desheeya Karshaka Samajam geneal secretary Muthalamthode Mani told The Hindu here on Tuesday that representatives of seven farmers’ organisations and the Jala Samrakshana Samithi will meet the Chief Minister and the Minister.

He said the ‘‘Parambikulam group of reservoirs (Parambikulam, Thunakadavu, and Peruvaripallam) are having a total storage of 5.87 tmcft of water as on Tuesday. What Kerala is asking is only 1.75 tmcft to save the paddy crop in Chittur.’’

As per the PAP agreement, Kerala ought to get 7.25 tmcft of water annually. So far this water year (June to May), it has got only 3 tmcft of water. Kerala should get 4.25 tmcft more.

The paddy farmers at Chittur are already reeling under financial difficulties owing to the rise in price of fertilizers, pesticides, and labour. A shortfall in water supply will be disastrous for them, Mr. Mani said.

This will bring down paddy production and affect the State’s food security as Chittur is one of the major paddy production centres in the State. It is the ‘rice bowl’ of Palakkad.

Meanwhile, officials of the Joint Water Regulatory Board of the PAP said that they had faxed a request to the Tamil Nadu authorities on Tuesday for urgently convening a meeting of the board to discuss the situation.

  • Kerala is asking for only 1.75 tmcft of water

  • State is eligible for 7.25 tmcft of water annually