Thiruvananthapuram: In a historic step, Kerala and Tamil Nadu have decided to review the Parambikulam-Aliyar water sharing agreement, 60 years after it came into existence. The decision was made in a meeting between Tamil Nadu chief minister E Edappadi K Palaniswami and Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan in Thiruvananthapuram on Wednesday.
Addressing the media jointly with his Tamil Nadu counterpart, Vijayan said, “The Parambikulam-Aliyar agreement is 60 years old and we have decided to review it. A secretary level committee consisting of five people from each state will be formed. Technical expertise will also be provided.”
According to News18 report, Palaniswami was accompanied by Municipal Administration and Rural Development Minister SP Velumani, Deputy Speaker V Jayaraman, Chief Secretary K Shanmugam and senior officials
According to the agreed arrangement, the members of the committee and the venue of the meeting date will be decided in a week.
The Parambikulam-Aliyar Project provides water for drinking and irrigation in Coimbatore, Tlruppur and Erode districts of Tamil Nadu and Palakkad in Kerala. The agreement will also look into the diversion and integration of rivers in Anamalaiyar and Nirar-Nallar.