ANDHRA PRADESH

Palar dam: survey report soon

Special Correspondent

Foundation for the project likely to be laid by the Chief Minister in April

The next round of meeting is slated for February 28State keen on tackling irrigation, drinking water problems

TIRUPATI: A meeting convened on Friday at Chittoor by district Collector S.S. Rawat at the instance of the State Government has set the ball rolling for the early completion of the survey and other preliminaries for the construction of Palar dam at Ganeshpuram near Kuppam nestling on the confluence of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka border.

The move for the construction of the dam assumes importance in view of a row kicked up by both the ruling DMK and the opposition AIADMK in Tamil Nadu on the ground that it would adversely affect the interests of the State, located as it were, at the tail end of the inter-State Palar river.

A day after the in-camera meeting held on Friday with officials of the Revenue, Forest, Irrigation and other allied departments, information is now available on the proceedings and the outcome the meeting.

Collector's directive

The Collector has reportedly asked the officials and engineers to take upa fresh survey at the project site and the catchment area so as to identify the revenue and forest lands likely to be submergedor acquired for the project.

The meeting was said to have felt that more the forest lands, more the complications, in view of the delay it would entail in getting the clearance and in completing other formalities to get the Centre's nod.

Reports said that since Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy is likely to lay the foundation stone for the project in April, the Collector has geared up all the departments to come up with their reports for the next round of meeting slated for February 28.

Sources further said that since the revenue and the forest departments have locked horns over the extent of their lands involved in the project, the Collector has asked the two departments to conduct a joint on-field survey and come out with a fresh report after sorting out their differences.

The State Government is keen on the project to tackle irrigation and drinking water problems of the tail-end part of the semi-arid Chittoor district.