VELLORE: The non-governmental organisations (NGOs) here have urged Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, who is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday, to work out a plan with the Centre to revive Palar river in addition to her proposed move to find solutions to Cauvery, Mullaiperiyar and fishermen issues.
In a statement, the NGO Vellore district Palar Protection Movement(PPM) said the BJP at the Centre and the ruling AIADMK in the State had made promised in the recently-concluded general elections that the Palar-Netravati river link would be made a reality, so this issue should find top priority.
Jamuna Thiagarajan, president of the PPM, said that Karnataka and Andhra government must work towards sharing water from Netravati river and Krishna/Godavari on a permanent basis and the Tamil Nadu government must work towards a joint action plan in this regard, she added.
She said the Karnataka government had initiated the work on diverting excess water from Netravati river to five districts of southern Karnataka. By suitably modifying the project, additional water could be diverted to Kolar and from there it could be drained into Palar, she said.
A Asokan, secretary of the Movement of Environmental Protection and Social Development, another NGO, here, has appealed to Modi to pave way for creating a ‘Palar River Authority,’ to revive the river. The Modi government should insist on the southern States to jointly work out schemes to tap artificial rains using cloud seeding technique, he said.
Octogenarian social worker M M Basheer of Vaniyambadi said,”The Modi government should implement the River Board Act to bring all the southern States for negotiations to link and share water from all the rivers.”