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Gadkari promises water for drought prone Tamil Nadu

Water resources minister Nitin Gadkari has promised one hundred tmc of water from the Godavari River to be transferred through pipelines to Grand anicut in Tamil Nadu if the detailed project report in this regard under preparation from his ministry is translated into a viable scheme.

Mr Gadkari who held a three hour review meeting with the state chief minister E Palaniswamy on developmental projects for Tamil nadu on November 23  said about three thousand tmc of water from the Godavari river went unutilised and flowed into Bay of Bengal. This water needs to be tapped for the benefit of people of Southern India.

In the first phase 300 tmc water has already been transferred from the Godavari River through Polavaram project to Nagarjuna sagar dam in Krishna delta. The water is irrgating thousands of acres near Vijayawada.

The water resources ministry has prepared a project report to transfer water from Godavari River to Nagarjuna sagar dam, Somasila reservoir near Andhra pradesh Tamil Nadu border and then on to Grand Anaicut to serve the water starved Tamil Nadu.

The minister said he proposed to hold a meeting with chief ministers of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka to discuss the modalities of implementing the scheme. It will be a win win situation for all the water starved southern states.

He said the ministry is also considering transfer of water from the Kaliswari dam in Gadchiroli district in Chattisgarh to Nagarjuna sagar dam and then on to Tamil nadu.

The minister said he hailed from vidarba region where thousands of farmers committed suicide due to non availablity of water. He therefore understood the sentiments of people of Tamil Nadu.


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