KMDK demands implementation of project

Urging the State governments of Tamil Nadu and Kerala to implement the Pandiyar – Punnampuzha Irrigation cum Hydro Electric Power Generation Scheme so that both States get benefited by receiving water and electricity respectively, Kongunadu Makkal Desiya Katchi members staged a demonstration at Modakurichi here on Saturday.

Led by its general secretary E.R. Eswaran, over 500 cadre and farmers took part in the demonstration as they stressed the need for implementing the project without fail.

The leader said that the project was devised in 1968 and was in its implementation phase when it was dropped. The proposed project, to be implemented in two phases, is to construct four dams, two diversion weirs, interconnecting arrangements and powerhouses at Pandiyar in Gudalur in The Nilgiris.

The 27 km diversion tunnel would lie underneath the reserved forest areas of Nilgiris North Division and 14 tmc water would be available for the State. However, Kerala government refused to divert 7 tmc water and the project was dropped in 1969.

Mr. Eswaran explained the necessity of implementing the project when the State is facing acute water shortage, affecting both the farmers and the common people. He urged both the governments to hold talks and implement the project.

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