Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has said that he will personally take up with Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa the State’s plea for its full share of water from Parambikulam-Aliyar.

Replying to a submission from V. Chenthamarakshan [CPI(M)] in the Assembly on Wednesday, Mr. Chandy admitted that the people of Chittur taluk in Palakkad district were facing serious difficulties because of short supply of water from the river system.

The government would do everything within its power to get the water, he said.

Earlier, Water Resources Minister P.J. Joseph said that Tamil Nadu had expressed its inability to release the full quantum of water for which the State was eligible under the Parambikulam-Aliyar Project Agreement.

State’s share

The State should get 1,850 million cusecs of water for the period up to December 15, but Tamil Nadu had taken the position that it could release only 750 million cusecs of water. He had written to the Tamil Nadu Water Resources Minister on the issue and the matter was being followed up, Mr. Joseph said.