Staff Reporter

Meeting of Joint Water Regulation Board on April 8

PALAKKAD: A meeting of the Joint Water Regulation Board of the inter-State Parambikulam-Aliyar Project (PAP) between Kerala and Tamil Nadu will be held at Mulamattam in Idukki on April 8.

The meeting will decide on the release of water from PAP to Chitturpuzha at Manacadavu weir for the first quarter of May and June for starting the preparatory work for the first crop of the paddy season.

The officials of the Joint Water Regulation Division in Palakkad said that Tamil Nadu has so far released 7.25 TMC feet of water for Chitturpuzha as per agreement. But they have not released the 2.5 TMC surplus yield from the Parambikulam group of reservoirs and the backlog of 5 TMC feet of water due to Kerala. The meeting will discuss these matters to reach an agreement.

The officials said that the Tamil Nadu side had released an additional 200 mcft of water for Chittupurpuzha and another 50 mcft is being released for the second quarter of March 2009.