T. Ramakrishnan

State is entitled for 30.5 tmcft

Kerala’s share is around 19.5 tmcft

CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu is ready to hold negotiations with Kerala to complete the review process of the inter-State Parambikulam Aliyar Project (PAP) agreement, according to Durai Murugan, Public Works Minister.

“We are always open to the idea of having a dialogue for settling various issues concerning the agreement,” the Minister told The Hindu here on Monday, referring to Kerala Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan’s observations on the pact.

The PAP agreement provides for sharing of some of the west-flowing rivers including the Anamalaiyar, the Nirar, the Sholayar, the Parambikulam, the Palar and the Aliyar. Though the rivers flow in Kerala, Tamil Nadu is a riparian State as a major portion of the catchment of the rivers lies in this State.

Formally signed by the two States in May 1970, the pact actually took effect from November 1958 as it was then that an understanding was reached. It has to be reviewed after every 30 years. The present review process is on since 1988.

Under the agreement, Tamil Nadu is entitled for 30.5 thousand million cubic feet (tmcft) while Kerala’s share is around 19.5 tmcft.

Contending that Tamil Nadu has been prompt in delivering 7.25 thousand million cubic feet (tmcft) every year to Kerala at the Manacadavu weir, Mr. Durai Murugan said in respect of the Kerala Sholayar reservoir, Tamil Nadu, by and large, fulfilled the requirement of making the releases in such a way to ensure that the reservoir was kept at full level on the first day of February and September.

The Minister said Tamil Nadu wanted its share of 2.5 tmcft of the Anamalaiyar river. Despite the completion of the Idamalayar project in Kerala, the neighbouring State was not willing to let Tamil Nadu have its share, Mr. Durai Murugan said.