Secretary-level meeting on PAP agreement

: The Principal Secretary to the Kerala government has informed the officials of the Joint Water Regulatory Board (JWRB) of the inter-State Parambikulam Aliyar Project (PAP) Agreement that there is no response yet from Tamil Nadu on Kerala's request for a Secretary-level meeting on getting its due share of water under the agreement to save the standing paddy crop in Chittur taluk of the district.

Meanwhile, the JWRB officials had sent an intent for 1.08 TMC feet water for supply in February and March for the Chitturpuzha irrigation scheme.

Tamil Nadu will release water only up to January 31, 2013, as per the understanding reached with them in the last meeting of the JWRB in December.

"If there is no direction from the Tamil Nadu government, the JWRB officials of Tamil Nadu will stop the water on January 31, 2013, which will result in the withering of standing paddy crop in more than 45,000 acres of paddy in Chittur taluk," JWRB officials of Kerala said.

The officials had written to the Principal Secretary about the urgent intervention at the highest level to get water from PAP for the months of February and March to save the standing crop. As per the PAP agreement, Kerala should get 7.25 TMC feet water annually for its use at Chitturpuzha as compensation for diverting water from Bharathapuzha that was flowing to Chitturpuzha earlier.

But in this water year ending in June 2013, Kerala got only 4.4 TMC feet so far. If it got another 1.08 TMC feet water during February and March a major part of the standing party crop at Chittur could be saved, the officials said.

This matter came up at a meeting of the District Development Council (DDC) held at Collectorate here on Saturday. The officials of the Water Resources Department urged the DDC to take up the matter at the government-level for getting water from PAP.

The meeting was informed by the Principal Agriculture Officer that paddy in 6,412 hectares was facing destruction for want of irrigation water.

However, the Desheeya Karshaka Samajam demanded that the State government take steps to get 2 TMC feet of water from PAP for the months of February and March to save the standing crop at Chittur taluk.

In a statement here on Saturday, Samajam general secretary Muthalamthode Mani urged the government to take legal steps against Tamil Nadu for their continuous violation of the PAP agreement.

  • Tamil Nadu will release water only up to January 31

  • Officials write to Principal Secretary