TN seeks 2 tmcft of water for Chennai
- Panneer Selvam meets Chandrababu in Amaravati
Amaravati: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneer Selvam met his Andhra Pradesh counterpart N Chandrababu Naidu at the temporary Secretariat complex on Friday and requested him to release at least 2 tmcft of water to Chennai for drinking purposes.
Panneer Selvam briefed Chandrababu Naidu on the drinking water problem that Chennai is facing and pleaded with him to release water through Telugu Ganga.
Responding to the request, Chandrababu Naidu had explained to him the availability of water in various rivers and reservoirs in the State. He told OP that Andhra Pradesh too is facing water shortage. The entire Rayalaseema region is facing drought situation, he said.
The AP Chief Minister had explained to his TN counterpart the initiatives that his government had taken to link Krishna and Godavari rivers and the lift irrigation projects like Pattiseema, Mucchumarri, Gandikota and others that have saved the State from major water crisis. He said that the government had used drones and rain guns to save some standing crops in Rayalaseema district.
He sought to remind the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister of the dues that the State has to pay to Andhra Pradesh towards maintenance of Telugu Ganga canal. He said that the TN government owes Rs 400 crores to the State and requested OP to pay the money at the earliest so as to ensure proper maintenance of the canal that takes water to Chennai.
Chandrababu Naidu said he would hold a review with the Water Resources Department in the State on the availability of water in the State and supply of some water for Chennai.
Tamil Nadu Minister Yadapati Phalani Swami, Chief Secretary Girija Vaidyanadhan, government advisor Sheela Balakrishnan, PWD Principle Secretary S K Prabhakaran, Chief Minister’s principle secretary Meena were also present with TN Chief Minister.
AP Planning Committee Deputy Chairman C Kutumba Rao, Special Chief Secretary Satish Chandra, Irrigation Principle Secretary Sashibhushan, engineer-in-chief Venkateswara Rao were present at the talks between the two chief ministers.