Kerala will get due share of water this year,states TN
The 94th Joint Water Regulatory Board (JWRB) official-level talks between Kerala and Tamil Nadu went off smoothly with Tamil Nadu agreeing to release the due share of water that Kerala is entitled to this year as per the Parambikulam – Aliyar Project (PAP) accord. However, Tamil Nadu expressed its inability to fulfil Kerala’s demand for three tmcft of water arrears belonging to the previous water year (July 1 to June 30).
Under the PAP accord, Tamil Nadu was entitled to 28 tmcft of water and Kerala was entitled to 19.55 tmcft. Tamil Nadu should give 12.30 tmcft from Sholayar and another 7.25 tmcft from Manacadavu weir.
Tamil Nadu said that both south west and north east monsoons failed miserably last year and hence the State could not honour its commitment of assured quantity of water to Kerala. As against the projected yield of 47.55 tmcft, State realised only 56 per cent (26.62 tmcft) and this resulted in the shortfall, officials from Tamil Nadu said.
During the current water year from July 1, Tamil Nadu said that though the northeast monsoon proved to be very lean, the southwest monsoon had filled up all reservoirs under PAP. Hence, Tamil Nadu had, so far, released 9.30 tmcft of water from Sholayar (as against the 12.30 tmcft) and 3.50 tmcft from Manacadavu weir (as against the total of 7.25 tmcft). At the talks, Tamil Nadu agreed to release the remaining 3.75 tmcft from Manacadavu and the remaining three tmcft from Sholayar.