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Tamil Nadu has been allotted 83 thousand million cubic feet (tmcft) of water under the proposed Godavari-Cauvery link, according to a draft detailed project report of the National Water Development Agency (NWDA), a Central government organisation entrusted with the task of preparing proposals for linking rivers.

Key data’s:

  • A special intensive campaign for the mission, aimed at transforming this into a people’s movement, will go on for a month across Tamil Nadu, wherein ministers and other elected representatives besides NGOs would take part.
  • As per the current NWDA proposal, a total of 247 tmcft is sought to be diverted from the Godavari, through the Krishna River, to the Pennar basin.
  • As much as 163 tmcft will be set apart for Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, and the balance will be given to Tamil Nadu.
  • The report, which has been circulated to the States concerned for views, has also envisaged that 46 tmcft will be provided at the Grand Anaicut.
  • The take-off point for Tamil Nadu will be the Somasila reservoir in the Pennar basin, from which a canal has to be laid for about 530 km to connect with the Grand Anaicut.

Concerns Raised by Tamil Nadu:

  • Tamil Nadu has been demanding 200 tmcft of water from the proposed project.
  • The State government also prefer the Kattalai barrage to the Grand Anaicut so that the diversion of water from Kattalai to Vaigai and Gundar basins in the southern districts of the State can be done smoothly.
  • The Tamil Nadu government prefer to have the water transferred through a pipeline instead of a canal.

National Water Development Agency (NWDA):

  • NWDA is the agency of the Union Ministry of Water Resources. 
  • established in the year 1982 as autonomous society under the Societies Registration Act, 1860.
  • The functions of NWDA have been further modified and the work of preparation of detailed Project Reports (DPR) of various link proposals and Pre-feasibility Reports.
  • It has been also entrusted to prepare feasibility reports of intra-State links as proposed by the States.

Way forward:

When the plan to link the peninsular rivers with the Himalayan Rivers is implemented, the worries of Tamil Nadu will be solved.


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