Salem, July 19:
The Tamil Nadu Government has planned to receive Godavari river excess water to Tamil Nadu, Telengana, Andhra Pradesh and Rayalaseema region, said Chief Minister Edapadi K.Palaniswami at a press-meet held after inaugurating the release of water from the Mettur Dam today.
He said that the state government had been in touch with the Central Water Resources officials for augmenting the river-linking project.
In reply to a query raised by one of the newsmen, the Chief Minister said that the Tamil Nadu Government had appointed 11 Senior IAS Officers to supervise whether the released water had been reaching to the tail-end. The officials would also make superintendence on the enough water supply had been made, the Chief Minister said.
The Chief Minister also said that the alluvial soil from the river, when there was nil water in rivers would be freely given to farmers, as they feel the soil when used in their cultivation land would bring more yieldings. The government had proposed to distribute the alluvial soil every year at free of cost to farmers who wanted to take it.
When a reporter pointed out that some farmers associations wanted to construct check-dams to prevent the rain-water confluence the sea-water, the Chief Minister said that the government would take appropriate steps in construction of check-dams.
The Chief Minister had also explained that it was the duty of any government to make supply of irrigation water to all. He said that the government would study on the possibilities for construction of check-dams, in the tail-end area, as there were some difficulties involved in the construction in some parts like Nagapattinam, where the lands were plain. He said the government would study the possibilities and would take up the construction of check-dams, wherever possible for the benefit of the farmers and the people.