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Tamil Nadu CM says water can’t be released from Mettur Dam on June 12, announces package for farmers

Chief Minister K Palaniswami’s announcement in the Tamil Nadu Assembly that the sluice gates of the Mettur dam would not be opened on June 12 led to a walkout by opposition parties

india Updated: Jun 08, 2018 13:57 IST
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Chief minister of Tamil Nadu, Edappadi K. Palaniswami .(PTI)

The Tamil Nadu government on Friday expressed its inability to release Cauvery water from the Mettur dam for the ‘kuruvai’ (short-term) paddy cultivation in the delta districts of the state, but announced a Rs 115 crore package to help farmers take up cultivation using available water resources.

Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami’s announcement in the state Assembly that the sluice gates of the dam would not be opened on June 12 according to schedule due to low storage, did not cut ice with the opposition parties.

Leader of Opposition M K Stalin, who had earlier demanded that the government release water on June 12, criticised the chief minister’s statement and led a walkout of DMK members.

The DMK’s allies, Congress and IUML later walked out of the House on the same issue.

The chief minister announced a number of measures including subsidies on seeds and on farm equipment, and other initiatives to enable farmers take up ‘kuruvai’ cultivation in around three lakh acres, even as he said it was not possible to release water from Mettur Dam as the storage was just around 39 feet.

He said water could be released only when the storage touched 90 feet.

First Published: Jun 08, 2018 13:32 IST