"Store Cauvery water going waste into sea"

Special Correspondent

Build dams near Grand Anicut, Rasimanal: former Collector

Thanjavur: D. Gangappa, former Collector of Thanjavur, has said that Tamil Nadu Government should give importance to storing Cauvery water that goes waste into the sea as a safety for future needs.

He told presspersons that the Government should take steps to construct a dam above Grand Anicut between Mettur dam and Grand Anicut and another dam at Rasimanal, above Hogennakkal and below Billigundlu. Drinking water needs will also be taken care of by these two dams, Mr. Gangappa said.

Suggesting the interlinking of rivers as a long-term measure to solve water problem, he said that 2000 tmc of water was going waste into the Arabian Sea from Western Ghats and out of this at least 500 tmc of water could be diverted into Tamil Nadu. This diversion could be done without felling trees, constructing dams or building canals, but constructing tunnels.

He said that interlinking of rivers was the solution to water problem faced by south Indian states.

He said that the Akhila Bharatha Jala Sangam Andolan for which he is the chairman has mooted a Rs.2,500-crore proposal for interlinking south Indian rivers in five years' period.

He said that an agro-socio-economic survey should be conducted in the two states of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka and the data should be shared by the two states to understand the realities.

The Cauvery Mitra Panchayat, for which he is the chairman, has embarked upon this survey and would present the data before the Cauvery River Water Disputes Tribunal.

He also said that river water should be brought under the Concurrent List.

He also said that 2010 is the 1000th year of the Big Temple built by King Raja Raja Chola for which the State Government should take steps to conduct kumbabishekam and celebrate the occasion in a grand manner.

Mr. Gangappa said that the first Kumbabishekam to the Big Temple was conducted on April 22, 1010 A.D., then on April 10, 1803, the third on April 3, 1980, when Gangappa was the Collector of Thanjavur.