Water crisis : Tamil Nadu government has sought special package of rupees 1,000 crore

New Delhi : A special package assistance has been sought by Tamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam to augment the crisis of water in the state.

An amount of rupees 1,000 crores will help to fix irrigation structures in drought-prone areas to address the agrarian distress and drinking water crisis, similar to the allocation made to Maharashtra, Panneerselvam said in the speech, a copy of which was shared with the media here.

Referring to the comments made by Chief Minister K Palaniswami at the NITI Aayog meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi last week, Panneerselvam said he endorsed his (Palaniswami’s) views and expressed hope that the budget would spell out appropriate strategies, supported with substantial increase in allocation of resources.

On the prevailing water crisis in Tamil Nadu, he said, while there were ‘severe drought conditions’ country-wide, its impact was significantly “more” in the state.

“The vagaries of the monsoon, climatic change, unending inter-state river water disputes and fast depleting ground water have all led to an unprecedented water crisis in Tamil Nadu,” he said.

Requesting the Centre to consider launching a movement for water conservation, he said, there was a need to significantly augment irrigation structures through river system approach for a sustainable water management.

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