The meeting of the Joint Water Regulatory Board (JWRB) of the inter-state Parambikulam Aliyar Project (PAP) Agreement held here on Monday has decided to release .3 (point three) tmc feet water from the live storage of Tamil Nadu Sholayar reservoir to Kerala Sholayar to be released to Chalakudipuzha to meet the drinking water shortage in Thrissur and parts of Ernakulam district.
This water could also be used for power generation in Kerala Sholayar and Peringalkuthu power houses of Kerala State Electricity Board, the JWRB officials of Kerala here said.
In the meeting, JWRB members of Kerala have demanded the release of water from the dead storage of Tamil Nadu Sholayar reservoir also as the .3 tmcft that is being released from the live storage will not meet the requirement of drinking water in Chalakudy basin till the monsoon expected to start in June.
The JWRB members of Tamil Nadu said that this request will be sympathetically considered after obtaining permission to release water from the dead storage of Sholayar river after taking permission from the Tamil Nadu government.
The JWRB meeting was held as part of the decision taken in the ministerial-level meeting of Kerala and Tamil Nadu governments on PAP Agreement in Thiruvananthapuram on April 28, 2013.
As per PAP agreement, Tamil Nadu has to ensure 12.3 tmcft water in the Kerala Sholayar a year.
So far this year, Kerala Sholayar has received only 8.6 tmcft water.
As per the agreement, Tamil Nadu should draw water only after ensuring Kerala its due share.
The meeting was presided over by Chairperson and Chief Engineer of Kerala Water Resources Department P. Lathika.
Chief Engineer of Kerala State Electricity Board Viswanathan Nair represented the Kerala delegation in the meeting.
The Tamil Nadu side was represented by K. Ranganathan, Chief Engineer of Water Resources Organisation, and K. Thankaragu, Member, Tamil Nadu Electricity Board.