Kerala to move Supreme Court against Tamil Nadu violations in Parambikulam-Aliyar Project deal

The state government will file an interim petition in the Supreme Court listing the violations by Tamil Nadu in the Parambikulam-Aliyar Project (PAP) agreement in the current water year.

Published: 13th June 2017 04:59 AM  |   Last Updated: 13th June 2017 04:59 AM   |  A+A-

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan having a glass of water at the Interstate River Management meeting on Monday. Water Resources Minister Mathew T Thomas is also seen | Express

By Express News Service

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The state government will file an interim petition in the Supreme Court listing the violations by Tamil Nadu in the Parambikulam-Aliyar Project (PAP) agreement in the current water year. 

The petition in this regard will be placed alongside the existing case filed by Kerala in the Supreme Court demanding compensation from Tamil Nadu for violating the PAP agreement. A high-level meeting convened by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan here on Monday to discuss inter-state river water disputes asked Advocate-General C P Sudhakara Prasad to file the petition. 

Concluding Tamil Nadu was repeatedly violating the PAP agreement, the meeting also decided to explore the possibility of resolving the dispute through Chief Secretary-level talks.

Taking into account the repeated infringements, the meeting also decided to establish a ‘sustainable alternative’ to the Kuriyarkutti-Karappara scheme to ensure adequate water supply to the Chitturpuzha region. 

Other inter-state  water disputes 
In addition to the PAP agreement, the meeting also discussed issues related to other inter-state water disputes, including the Kaveri waters and the Neyyar river. The government has decided to implement various projects to ensure the full utilisation of the 30 TMC water allotted to the state under the orders of the Kaveri River Water Tribunal. In the Neyyar water dispute, the government decided to draw attention to the fact that the state capital had to depend on Neyyar water to avert a water crisis during the summer.

 The petition will be placed alongside the existing case filed by Kerala in the Supreme Court demanding compensation from Tamil Nadu for violating the PAP agreement
 A high-level meeting convened by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan asked Advocate-General C P Sudhakara Prasad to file the petition

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