Shashi Tharoor urges state govt to solve water crisis
Minister of State for Human Resource Development Shashi Tharoor has urged the Kerala government to take urgent measures to meet the dire water supply situation in the state capital due to the failure of two successive monsoons in the region.
In identical letters sent today to Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and Water Resources Minister PJ Joseph, Dr Tharoor, who is the local MP, pointed out that it was now more or less certain that, following two successive tardy monsoons, the State in general and Thiruvananthapuram city in particular are likely to face a severe shortage of drinking water supply in the ensuing summer of 2013.
He pointed out that one viable option was to lay a pipeline to carry water from the Neyyar dam to the Aruvikkara reservoir which is only ten KM away. In addition, a necessary long-term measure would be construction of check dams along the approximately 33 km connecting channel between the Peppara dam and the Aruvikkara reservoir to save excess water flowing from the former structure.
In his letter, Dr Tharoor stressed the point that the during the term of the previous government in the State in 2009, he had successfully taken up with the then Union Minister of Environment and Forest Jairam Ramesh, the question of granting approval for raising the height of the Peppara dam.
The Minister had given in-principle clearance to the idea subject to compensation of forest land elsewhere for the portion of forest that would be submerged thereby.
However, sad to say, the then state failed to properly act upon that opportunity obtained from the Union Government and the matter is still in limbo, he added.