Special Correspondent

Nearly 250 tmc of water go to sea every year while negotiation is on with other states for 20 tmc of water

SALEM: Members of Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) took out a rally here on Tuesday asking the Tamil Nadu Government to take measures to divert the surplus water in River Cauvery to Salem district for its irrigation and drinking water needs.

Party activists from Salem, Mettur, Omalur, Taramangalam, Sankagiri and Edapadi participated in the rally, which ended near the Collectorate. The party’s founder leader S. Ramadoss and party president G. K. Mani joined them. Dr. Ramadoss said that the PMK had been asking the State government to use the surplus water in Cauvery and other rivers in the state for irrigation and drinking water purposes.

“Instead of allowing the water to flow into the ocean, we can execute a few projects,” he said.

The diversion of surplus water from Cauvery would benefit farmers in the district.

“While we are fighting for 30 tmc of water a year with neighbouring states, we allow nearly 250 tmc of surplus water in our rivers, including Cauvery, to go waste into the sea,” he claimed.

Traffic between Asthampatti and Collectorate was affected for five hours.