Coimbatore

Federation urges speedy implementation of Mettur surplus water project

Federation of Tamil Nadu Agriculturist Associations has urged the State government to expedite the implementation of Mettur surplus water project so that surplus water from Stanley Reservoir does not enter into the sea.

In a press release, its secretary S. Nallasamy said that in the 86-year history of the Mettur Dam, surplus water from the dam was released for 40 years that enter the sea without benefiting the farming community. In 2018, about 170 tmc water was released into the sea. “If the water was used for filling lakes, ponds and other water bodies and also if diverted to Thirumanimutharu, Sarabanga and Vashista River, it would have helped in recharging the ground water in five districts”, he said.

Mr. Nallasamy said that the rulers of Madras and Pudukkottai States have proposed to lay canal from Kollidam to Pudukkottai to fill the water bodies in Pudukkottai. Since the administrators of Madras State asked more money, the project was dropped, he added. The secretary said that after Independence, the project could not be implemented leading to the surplus water entering into the sea. He said that if surplus water had not been wasted, the idea to construct a dam at Mekedatu would not have arisen.

He said that water conservation is very essential for long period and wanted the surplus water project that intend to fill the water bodies be implemented on a war footing. He said that the government should stop allotting funds for freebies and instead spend the money for the project.

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