In view of the May Day celebrations in Kerala, a meeting of officials of the Water Resources departments of the Tamil Nadu and Kerala governments, the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF CC) and Central Water Commission (CWC), called to discuss disputes between the neighbouring States, has been put off by a day to May 2.
“The Kerala government has requested for the postponement of the meeting. So, it has been postponed to May 2,” official sources said.
The May 2 meeting in Delhi follows the deliberations on issues raised by the State governments during the Regional Conference of Southern States on Water Resources held in Hyderabad in February.
Replying to a query, the sources said: “Mullaiperiyar is not on the agenda though it is a dispute between these two States.” Besides the review of the bilateral agreement over the Parambikulam Aliyar Project and other issues pertaining to State’s objection to a proposed dam across the Siruvani river near Attapadi, its request for supply of water from the Neyyar and a plea for allowing the State to undertake repairs in the Shenbagavalli Anicut are on the agenda.
Since some proposals are pending before the MoEF CC, officials from the Ministry would also take part in the meeting, which would be chaired by CWC chief S. Masood Husain.
Water-starved Tamil Nadu has inter-State water disputes with its neighbours and has filed several petitions in the Supreme Court as well as in the National Green Tribunal over these issues.
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