Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Saturday called upon Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to direct the Union Water Resources Ministry to delete “objectionable sub-clauses” from the draft Dam Safety Bill 2010. In a letter to the Prime Minister, she recalled her previous communication, sent in July 2011, in which she had urged him to ensure that certain modifications/additions to the draft Bill were carried out so that interests of the State were protected. Then, it had been referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Water Resources.
Kerala will demand more water and control over water regulating structures in its territory at the talks with Tamil Nadu on review of the Parambikulam-Aliyar Project (PAP) agreement to be held here on Friday. Chief Secretaries of the two States will lead the talks supported by seven-member teams consisting of higher officials.
Kerala is examining the possibilities of exercising its riparian rights to seek higher allocation from the Parambikulam-Aliyar rivers in view of the steep increase in utilisation of water from the river basins of the Bharathapuzha and the Chalakudi. The matter was discussed at a high-level review meeting convened by Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan here on Monday in preparation of the Chief Secretary-level conference to be held in the State capital on May 30.