Release of PAP water into Chitturpuzha till March 31

The State government has urged the Tamil Nadu government to hold an immediate Secretary-level meeting of the Water Resources Departments of the States on releasing water from the Parambikulam Aliyar Project (PAP) to Chitturpuzha till March 31 to save the standing paddy crop in 45,000 acres.

In his letter to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa last week, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy demanded that Tamil Nadu release 7.25 tmcft water from the PAP to Chitturpuzha as per the agreement between the two States in the current water year ending June. Kerala had received only 3.6 tmcft water this water year.

At the Joint Water Regulatory Board (JWRB) of the PAP, Tamil Nadu had agreed to release only 1.45 tmcft water as against 1.75 tmcft water demanded by Kerala for paddy cultivation in Chittur till January 31.

The JWRB had not taken any decision on supplying water during February and March to complete paddy cultivation in Chittur in the current second crop season, officials here said.

They said the Parambikulam group of reservoirs had storage of 4 tmcft water as on Wednesday. But Tamil Nadu was drawing the major share for irrigation.

Ms. Jayalalithaa had held a meeting of officials of the Water Resources Department on Kerala’s demand for 7.25 tmcft water on December 30.

The meeting is learnt said to have discussed the demand of Kerala for honouring the PAP agreement to fill the Kerala Sholayar reservoir to its Full Reservoir Level of 266 ft on February 1, 2013, for use in the Chalakudy river basin of Thrissur district during the summer months.

Meanwhile, farmers have sought the intervention of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh so that Tamil Nadu release water to save the paddy crop in Chittur.

In a statement here on Wednesday, general secretary of the Desheeya Karshaka Samajam Muthalamthode Mani said the Tamil Nadu government had demanded the intervention of the Prime Minister so that Karnataka released Cauvery waters. Jayalalithaa had written twice to the Prime Minister raising the demand.