Plea for implementing pending water schemes

Kongunadu Makkal Desiya Katchi (KMDK) has urged the State Government to implement the pending water schemes so that the surplus water is not let into sea.

In a press release, its general secretary E.R. Eswaran said that due to heavy rain in Karnataka and the Nilgiris, Stanley reservoir and Bhavani Sagar reservoir were receiving copious water and would soon reach their maximum storage level.

But, when the surplus water was released from the two reservoirs, there were no schemes to divert it or utilise it and it went into sea.

Hence, only by implementing various water conservation schemes, the surplus water could be fully utilised, he added.

If the Avinashi – Athikadavu water scheme had been implemented, surplus water from Bhavani Sagar dam could be used for filling of lake and water bodies in Erode, Tirupur and Coimbatore districts that would help recharge groundwater. Also, the Mettur surplus water diversion project and the Thirumanimutharu water scheme were not implemented so far.

The release said that Karnataka could not store the surplus water and hence it was releasing it to the State. Hence, the pending schemes should be implemented to divert the water for optimum utilisation, the release added.

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