Chief Minister Edappadi Palanisamy has laid the foundation stone for a project to connect the surplus water from the Kaveri during the floods to the Karur district, from the Mayanur dam to the dry areas of Trichy, Pudukottai, Sivagangai and Virudhunagar districts.
The foundation stone is currently being laid for the first phase worth Rs 6,941 crore. This will cut 118.45 km of canal from the command canal to connect 342 lakes and 42,170 acres of land in Karur, Trichy and Pudukottai districts and connect Pudukottai district with the southern tributaries.
In the second phase, 220 lakes and 23,245 acres of land in Pudukottai, Sivagangai and Ramanathapuram districts will be utilized and a 109 km long canal will be constructed from the southern floodplain and connected to Vaigai.
In the third phase, 492 lakes and 44,547 acres of land in Virudhunagar and Ramanathapuram districts will be benefited and a 34 km long canal will be cut to connect Vaigai to Gundaru. The Rs 14,400 crore 262-km project will divert 6,300 cubic feet of water wasted during floods, increasing groundwater in the southern districts and meeting drinking water needs.
Reconstruction work on infrastructure in the Cauvery sub-basin will be carried out at a cost of Rs. 3,384 crore under the Expansion, Renovation and Modernization Project. The project will irrigate 4,67,345 acres of land in Thanjavur, Thiruvarur, Nagapattinam and Mayiladuthurai districts with a total irrigated area of 21 rivers with a length of 987 km.
In addition, the oldest irrigation structures in the Cauvery Delta will be equipped with Skoda technology at a cost of Rs 72 crore. The project will increase the irrigation capacity of the Cauvery sub-drainage canals by 20 per cent.
But Karnataka Chief Minister Eduyurappa and other party leaders there have unanimously opposed the plan.
In an interview with Eduyurappa today, Karnataka will not allow Tamil Nadu to use the surplus water in the Cauvery. Mere talk will not work in this case. He said the Karnataka government would take appropriate action. Asked by reporters if there was a plan to convene an all-party meeting to discuss the issue, Eduyurappa said it had not been decided yet.
Karnataka Congress senior leader and former chief minister Chidramaiah has posted on Twitter that the Tamil Nadu government is planning to illegally take 45 TMC of water from Cauvery. I strongly condemn this. The Government of Karnataka should approach the Supreme Court against this attempt by the Government of Tamil Nadu. The Chief Minister of Karnataka should put pressure on the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu to drop this project. Thus he said.
Coomaraswamy, the leader of the secular Janata Dal party and former chief minister, posted on Twitter that Tamil Nadu plans to use additional water from the Cauvery River. It is surprising that the Central Government has allocated funds for it without the knowledge of the Government of Karnataka. The Karnataka BJP, which focuses only on politics, has not seen such a plan in Tamil Nadu. This shows that the BJP government is not interested in the welfare of the people of Karnataka. Thus condemned.