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Water diplomacy : TN, Kerala CMs to begin talks
Tamil Nadu

Water diplomacy : TN, Kerala CMs to begin talks

Agency News

Chennai, Sep 24 :  After a gap of nearly 15 years, Chief Ministerial level talks between Tamil Nadu and Kerala on the Parambikulam Aliyar Project (PAP) would be held tomorrow.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami would be flying to Thiruvananthapuram on Wednesday to hold direct talks with his Kerala counterpart Pinarayi Vijayan on the issue. Sources said so far only official level meetings were held.

“In November 2004, Kerala’s then Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and the then Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa held talks on the issue in Chennai', sources said. After that it was only the officials who had held various rounds of talks on the issue. The last time the political executive of the two States met was in April 2013, when a decision was taken to attend to a few immediate issues. The issue was not taken up even when Mr Vijayan met Mr Palaniswami at the Secretariat here in 2017.

According to the project, it was expected that 50.5 tmc of water could be received out of which 19.55 tmc should be given to Kerala. Since there were some disputes while implementing the secondary projects as per the agreement, the Chief Ministerial-level talks were expected to iron out these issues. The meeting was expected to end in a win-win situation for both the States. (UNI)