KERALA

Drop river link plan: Govt.

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM SEPT. 6. The State Government has requested the Technical Advisory Committee of the Central Water Development Agency(CWDA) to drop the proposal for linking Pampa and Achancoil rivers to the Vypar basin from its future agendas. The issue is coming up for discussion at its meeting on Monday.

The State had earlier requested that the matter need not be brought up at the meeting. However, it was included in the agenda as a `routine' matter. The State Assembly had earlier passed resolutions urging the Centre and the Agency to drop all action on the proposal. This had been forwarded to the Centre. Besides, the Ministers and MP from the State had met the Prime Minister, A.B. Vajpayee, and others to press the matter.

The Chief Engineer of the Irrigation Department would be attending the meeting.

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