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TN urges Centre to declare Godavari-Cauvery river link a national project

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami said the move would benefit people in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu | Centre | Niti Aayog

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

Chief Minister  E  Palaniswami  (above) says his government is closely  MONITORING all new projects and will take steps to ensure they come on stream fast
TN Chief Minister K Palaniswami

Chief Minister K Palaniswami on Saturday urged the to declare the Godavari-Cauvery river link initiative as a project and said if it was done, it would benefit people in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and

Speaking during the virtual meeting of the being chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Palaniswami noted that stood first in the country in coverage under micro irrigation in 2019-20 and 2020-21, he underlined rejuvenation of river Cauvery.

He requested Modi for the declaration "so as to benefit lakhs of people in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu."

"River Cauvery and its tributaries have to be rejuvenated on lines of 'Namami Gange'. Government of India is requested to accord sanction and extend financial assistance to Tamil Nadu, at the earliest," he said.

On health, the CM said the Siddha system of medicine is a proud contribution of Tamil ancestors to the world.

"The international institute of yoga and naturopathy medical sciences is being established in Tamil Nadu. Overall budget to AYUSH at the Central level must necessarily be increased," he said.

Under the Perspective Plan, a draft Detailed Project Report of GodavariCauvery link project was completed by Water Development Agency and sent to party states in 2019 and the project cost was an estimated Rs 60,361 crore at 2018-19 price levels.

As per the draft, about 247 thousand million cubic feet of water can be diverted from Godavari river to Nagarjunsagar dam and then further south for meeting the demands of Krishna, Pennar and Cauvery basins, according to the government.

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First Published: Sat, February 20 2021. 18:41 IST