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TN CM says no water release from Mettur Dam on June 12, announces package for farmers

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

The government today

expressed its inability to release water from the 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.

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.

of Opposition M K Stalin, who had earlier demanded that the government should release water on June 12, criticised the chief minister's statement on the inability to open the sluice gate of as per schedule and led a walkout of members.

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

The 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 as the storage was just around 39 feet.

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

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First Published: Fri, June 08 2018. 13:20 IST