Water projects hang fire in Kerala

Having entitled to 30 tmc of water from the Caurvery basin under the recent order of Cauvery water dispute tribunal, lack of projects has prevented Kerala from utilising the water to address the shortage in the state during summer.

Senior officials in State Water Resources Department said the water therefore flows back to the neighbouring states through the Bhavani, Kabani and Pampar rivers.

The state had drawn up 21 projects decades ago for the utilisation of waters, but the Centre refused to give its nod on account of the Cauvery water dispute.

According to the officials, the state had proposed the Kerala Bhavani hydro-electrical project with an installed capacity of 150 MW in Bhavani, a tributary of Cauvery flowing through Palakkad. The Attapady Valley Irrigation Project in Attapady Hills –another of the project in limbo for two decades— would have made 2.87 tmcft of water from Bhavani river available for the drought-hit Attapady, a major tribal settlement in the State.

As many as 12 projects had been planned in Kabani (Wayanad) and four in Pampar (Idukki), but none of it saw the light of the day.The officials said that these projects could have solved water crisis in the hilly districts of Palakkad, Wayanad and Idukki.

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