TN, Kerala officials hold talks on river water sharing
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TN, Kerala officials hold talks on river water sharing

S.Murari

Officials of Tamil Nadu and Kerala on Thursday held talks at Chennai on sharing of waters of inter-State rivers.

The meeting, held at the State Secretariat, was cordial and the officials have agreed to hold the next meeting in Thiruvananthapuram in January next year.

Briefing reporters, Tamil Nadu Public Works Secretary K Manivasan said the talks were held as a sequel to a meeting in Thiruvananthapuram in September between the Chief Ministers of the two States in which it was agreed to resolve long-pending disputes through dialogue.

The focus was on Parambikulam-Aliyar Project ( PAP) which the two States agreed to review at the last Chief Minister level talks in Thiruvananthapuram in September.

Manivasan said there is no problem in sharing water between farmers of the two States in years of surplus rains. However, differences crop up on how to share the distress in years of deficit rains.

In the absence of an agreement on river sharing, the two States are not able to store excess water for irrigation in years of surplus rains.

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