Kerala Again Failed to Get Its Share Form Parambikulam-Aliyar Project

Published on: 04 Jul, 2013
Published under: General Kerala News, Palakkad District News

3 July 2013

Kerala has once again failed to get its full share of 8.25 tmcft of water from the inter-State Parambikulam-Aliyar Project (PAP) for the Chitturpuzha irrigation scheme in Palakkad district, resulting in loss of the second crop of paddy.

Under the PAP agreement, Tamil Nadu should release 7.25 tmcft to Kerala at the Manacadavu weir for the Chitturpuzha irrigation scheme in a water year. But last water year, Kerala received only 5.55 tmcft at Manacadavu. Besides this annual share, another one tmcft, the share of surplus water from the Parambikulam group of reservoirs due to Kerala, was also not given by Tamil Nadu.

Though there is heavy rain in other parts of Palakkad district, Chittur, which falls in a rain shadow region, does not get good rain. Consequently, Kerala has sought water for taking up the first crop of paddy under the Chitturpuzha irrigation scheme. P. Sudheer, Deputy Director, Joint Water Regulatory Board (JWRB), says Kerala sought 200 cusecs for one week and Tamil Nadu has started releasing it from the Aliyar and Parambikulam reservoirs under the PAP.

As per the PAP agreement, Tamil Nadu has to fill Kerala Sholayar to its full reservoir level every September 1 and February 1. But in February this year, the level could not be reached. If the level is reached, it ensures 5.42 tmcft during the lean months from February to May.


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