In Tamil Nadu water crisis is rising and inter-state river disputes are the main agenda of ruling AIADMK and its arch-rival DMK with representatives of both parties asking PM Modi for enough time in Parliament to talk these major issues.
Tamil Nadu water crisis was one of the various issues that were raised during an all-party meeting summoned by Modi at New Delhi leading of the first session of the 17th Lok Sabha. DMK’s Parliamentary party leader T R Baalu and AIADMK’s single Lok Sabha MP O Ravindranath Kumar presented the meeting.
“As per the suggestions of our party leader (MK Stalin), we listed out ten important issues, from the water crisis in the state to Cauvery Water Management Authority and several other key subjects like NEET, to the PM and sought sufficient time to discuss them in Parliament,” Baalu said to the media. He also added, “During the Parliament session, I will give notice to the Centre on the water crisis in Tamil Nadu and insist that the Centre declare it a national crisis.”
Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami submitted a memorandum to the PM Modi after involving the Niti Aayog meeting for CMs, Ravindranath Kumar said, “I had a discussion with the CM and deputy CM (his father O Pannerselvam) before attending the meeting. I will voice the issues pertaining to the state’s welfare. I have sought time for a detailed deliberation on these issues in the upcoming session”.
The CM has requested the Centre’s assistance for diversion of 200tmcft of surplus water from the Godavari to Cauvery and further to Vaigai and Gundar rivers. He had also asked for support from the Centre for Nandanthaai Vaazhi Cauvery scheme to bring life into Cauvery and its tributaries.