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.