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‘Package of issues’ for review of PAP agreement

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Officials of Tamil Nadu, led by Chief Secretary K.S. Sripathi (third left), participating in a meeting to review the Parambikulam-Aliyar agreement in Chennai on Friday.
Officials of Tamil Nadu, led by Chief Secretary K.S. Sripathi (third left), participating in a meeting to review the Parambikulam-Aliyar agreement in Chennai on Friday.

T. Ramakrishnan

It will be prepared by May-end and presented at a meeting of Ministers

CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu and Kerala on Friday agreed to frame a “package of issues” for the review of the Parambikulam-Aliyar Project agreement. The package will be prepared by May-end and presented at a meeting of Ministers of the two States for consideration.

“This is the only decision we have taken,” Kerala Chief Secretary K.J. Mathew told reporters after two hours of talks with his Tamil Nadu counterpart K.S. Sripathi here.

Mr. Sripathi said the package on irrigation would be workable and acceptable to the two States.

Meetings planned

Mr. Mathew said the Secretaries in charge of water resources/irrigation would prepare the package. (An official of Tamil Nadu said it was also decided to hold three meetings between the Secretaries).

Among the issues that are likely to be included in the package are Tamil Nadu’s claim of 2.5 thousand million cubic feet (tmcft) from the Anamalayar river and Kerala’s demand for the release of the Aliyar water at the Manacadu weir over and above the present share of 7.25 tmcft.

Formally signed on May 29,1970, the PAP agreement took effect from November 9, 1958, as it was then that an understanding was reached between the States.

The pact also includes agreements between the two States on July 4, 1960, and May 10, 1969.

It provides for a review after 30 years. The present review has been going on since 1988.

The agreement provides for sharing of the rivers such as the Anamalayar, the Nirar, the Sholayar, the Parambikulam and the Aliyar and its tributary Palar (which has nothing to do with the Palar river, which runs through Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu) for generation of hydro-electric power, irrigation, drinking water supply and industrial use in the two States.

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