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it out An old project that was put on the back burner, deserves relook, say experts In 1969, the government evolved a scheme to im pound 7.4 tmc water from the upper reaches of Vaigai river to benefit Virudhunagar and other areas in irrigation and provide drinking water.
The project did not re quire consent of any upper riparian State as the river originates and ends within Tamil Nadu.

Called the Azhagar val ley project, it was dropped in 1976 Green light In this link (Kattalai) no major environmental issues are involved. No waterlogging is expected since the canal runs through water short areas.

Rather, it will be beneficial in recharging the groundwater in the region — National Water Development Agency, Union Water Resources Ministry The total renewable water resources as of 2001 correspond to about 1820 kilo litres (KL) of water per person per year. The population of India is expected to stabilize at around 1500-1800 million by 2050 when the per capita availability of water would further come down to nearly 60 per cent of the availability in 2001. At that time, the per capita availability in the Brahmaputra basin would still be around 9000 KL and in the Sabarmati basin below 200 KL. This is against the minimum requirement of 1000 KL per person per year.

— Excerpts from a paper prepared by the Task Force on Interlinking of Rivers in the country Inter-State water disputes and the political agendas of State governments on managing water resources have put the ambitious programme of creating a national river water grid on the back burner. But Tamil Nadu decided to give it a push. On June 25 this year, Chief Minister M Karunanidhi took the first step to create a State river water grid by launching a project to build a barrage on the Cauvery at Kattalai in Tiruchy.

The idea is to maximise use of water resources by diverting Cauvery floodwater from Kattalai to the Agniar, South Vellar, Manimuthar, Vaigai and Gundar rivers, through a 255 km long gravity link canal. The canal will also link Ariyar and Koriyar, two tributaries of the Cauvery.

This will help cultivation in 2,20,424 acres in four droughtprone districts - Pudukottai, Sivaganga, Ramanathapuram and Virudhunagar. The capacity of the proposed canal is 6,300 cusecs and its alignment is almost the same as that proposed by the National Water Development Agency (NWDA).

The project requires 2,228 hectare patta land, 40 hectare forestland and 1,416 hectare poramboke land. The land is yet to be acquired.

The project is to be implemented in three phases. First, the Kattalai barrage will come up, which will serve as the headwork structure for the link canal. Next, the canal will be constructed from Kattalai barrage up to Manimuthar river in Sivaganga district. Finally, the link canal will be extended from Manimuthar to Gundar.

The whole project is expected to cost Rs 3,750 crore. The State government wants the Union Government to foot 90 per cent of the bill. The Centre has already agreed to provide funds for intra-linking of rivers in states under the Accelerated Irrigation Benefits Programme. The cost of constructing the Kattalai barrage alone has been pegged at Rs 165 crore.

According to the NWDA, no major environmental issues are involved in this link. "No waterlogging is expected since the canal runs through water-short areas. Rather, it will be beneficial in recharging the groundwater in the region."

The Kattalai barrage will create a small reservoir of 1.04 tmcft capacity. The 255 km link canal can carry 5.4 tmcft of water over 10 days in a year.

The project will create employment opportunities for thousands of people. It will also help recharge the groundwater aquifers in the region.

Tamil Nadu has taken the lead in building intra-river water links. Perhaps other water deficient states can take a leaf out of the State's book.

Tomorrow: Experts’ take Projects in pipeline LINKING THE 1 PENNAIYAR WITH THE CHEYYAR The proposal envisages a 25 km link canal to connect the Pennaiyar with the Palar through the Cheyyar in Tiruvanna malai district. The gravity canal will originate from the Sathanur reservoir and end at the Cheyyar on the down stream side of Alathur Anaicut. The ca pacity of the proposed canal is 3,070 cusecs. The canal can carry 265 mcft surplus water in a day. The scheme will benefit over 46,000 acre in the region.

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715.47 ACRE PROJECT COST: AROUND RS 176 CRORE THAMIRABARANI 2 TRIBUTARIES, KARUMENIYAR AND NAMBIYAR It links two tributaries of the Thamirabarani — Pachaiyar and Kodumudiyar — and interlinks the Karumeniyar and Nambiyar river basins through canals. It aims to tap the dependable flood surplus at Kannadian anaicut without af fecting the existing irrigation water that is used from the Thamirabarani. It will benefit 23,040 hectare in the region. The groundwater level in the nearby wells will also be recharged.

http://epaper.newindpress.com/Default.aspx?selpg=1334&selDt=07/14/2008&BMode=100
 

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Tamil Nadu to take up two river linking projects

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CHENNAI: The State government will take up two projects to link rivers flowing within the territory of Tamil Nadu during 2008-2009.

The projects, aimed at transferring surplus water to water deficit areas, are the Cauvery-Agniar-Koraiyar-Pambar-Vaigai-Gundar and the Tamiraparani-Karumeniyar-Nambiar interlinking schemes.

Announcing this in the Assembly on Thursday, Finance Minister K. Anbazhagan said the Kattalai barrage would be constructed across the Cauvery at a cost of Rs.165 crore. In the next phase, works for digging a 255-km-long canal, linking all the six rivers, would be executed.

Costing Rs.369 crore, the other scheme involved diversion of surplus water of the Tamiraparani to water-deficit areas in Tirunelveli and Tuticorin districts. Mr. Anbazhagan said in the absence of consensus on the implementation of the programme, Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi had sought Central assistance for linking intra-State rivers. The National Development Council, which had accepted his request, had resolved to provide such assistance under the Accelerated Irrigation Benefits Programme (AIBP).

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To rectify overexploitation of groundwater, the government had conceived a major scheme for building 48,500 recharge structures such as check dams and percolation ponds.

It would be executed at an estimated cost of Rs.550 crore in 2008-2009. A sum of Rs.100 crore had been allocated in this year’s budget.

Stating that the World Bank-aided Irrigated Agriculture Modernisation and Restoration and Management Project (IAMWARM) would be extended to 16 more sub-basins in addition to the existing nine, Mr. Anbazhagan said it would now benefit 9.4 lakh acres. A sum of Rs.585 crore had been allocated for IAMWARM in 2008-2009.

The Grand Anaicut canal and Kalingarayan canal would be desilted at a cost of Rs.150 crore and Rs.12 crore. While the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development approved a Rs.12-crore scheme for flood prevention in Madurai city, permanent protection works against floods in the Cauvery and the Coleroon would be carried out in Karur, Tiruchi, Ariyalur and Perambalur districts at a cost of Rs.211 crore.

Works under the Rs.616-crore Ramanathapuram combined water supply scheme were being executed on a fast track mode.

www.hindu.com/2008/03/21/stories/2008032160171200.htm
 

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Tamil Nadu to be model for river linking’
Wednesday June 25 2008 10:01 IST
Express News Service

TIRUCHY: By taking steps to inter-link the rivers within the State, Tamil Nadu would become a model for other States and the Centre to emulate, said Chief Minister M Karunanidhi, here on Tuesday.

Speaking at a government function, after inaugurating various development programmes, the Chief Minister said, usually water scarcity in Tamil Nadu increased day by day since there were no perennial rivers.

Inter-linking of the water resources within the state was the need of the hour and the State government had allotted Rs 165 crore for constructing the barrage so that the surplus water could be stored, he said.

http://www.newindpress.com/NewsItems.asp?ID=IET20080624234023

So this government laid the first foundation for linking of rivers! Hope the remaining project linking of Cauvery and Gundar via Vaigai get funds and works starts in the same government.
 

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Arul, keep posting some important (most) project news like this...

Hope, This project will get importance in MK period and kickoff for real groundwork activities ....
 

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Dear Friends,

I am happy to see your comments. Very much thanks.

I have just pasted the information from Indian express news paper. All credits goes to them, even tamil dailies never gave such a wonderful information on linking of rivers in TN so far. I searched for official information from Tamilnadu gvt website, but again no information.

We should thank Indian express news paper in bring up this major project in their edition.

If this project comes into reality, i am sure MK will find a place in history of Tamilnadu like Karikalan who built Kallanai dam.
 

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From NWDA.GOV.IN

As per the above map Cauvery is proposed to link with Godavari and Krishna some where near Thiruvarur, If that is the case how it is possible to bring Godavari/Krishna water to Vaigai through Kattalai Barrage in Karur dt?
 

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Rs 50 cr released for intra-river link

TIRUNELVELI: Another intra-river linking project in the State is expected to take off shortly as the State Government has released Rs 50 crore for the first phase of the project.

The project involves linking the Tamirabarani, Nambiyar and Karumaeniyar rivers in Tirunelveli district to divert floodwater to the rain deficient districts of Radhapuram, Nanguneri and Sattankulam taluks.

Making the announcement here on Friday, District Collector (in charge), G Srinivasan, said a Government Order to this effect was issued in the last week of June.

The State Government has already given administrative sanction for the Rs 369-crore intra-river linking project.

“The project requires 600 hectares of land. The Public Works Department (PWD) needs to take steps to acquire it. The money released by the government will help the PWD do so. Land losers will be suitably compensated,” Srinivasan said.

“Construction can be completed within a year after the land is acquired,” he added. This is the second intra-river linking project that is on the fast track. Chief Minister M Karunanidhi launched the first one last month.

It involved constructing a 255 km canal that would link the Cauvery with various rivers in the southern districts.

http://www.newindpress.com/NewsItems.asp?ID=IET20080719024051&Page=T&Title=Southern+News+%2D+Tamil+Nadu&Topic=0
 

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Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary asks PWD to expedite river project

Tiruchirapalli, Aug 23 : Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary L K Tripathy had instructed the Public Works Department(PWD) officials to expedite the project on inter-linking of the State rivers.


The foundation stone for the project was laid recently by the Chief Minister M Karunanidhi, which envisages construction of the barrage across the Cauvery at Mayanur and harnessing of the excess flow by linking the river with Agniyar, Koraiyar, Vaigai and Gundar.

Addressing a review meeting here yesterday, the Chief Minister instructed the officials to remove encroachments on water bodies.

They should maintain a close vigil against the illegal sand mining from river beds and an awareness campaign should be initiated on rain water harvesting, he added.

Mr Karunanidhi also directed the Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage Board to expedite the Ramanathapuram combined Drinking Water Supply scheme project. The Agriculture Department should propagate the information about the rice intensification system among the farmers, he added.

He asked the district administration to remain alert by taking precautionary measures during the monsoon. District officials should ensure that roads laid through various projects conformed to the quality standards, the TN CM added

http://www.newkerala.com/topstory-fullnews-14394.html
 

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When politicians can amass so much wealth, forget about developing the country with any kind of infrastructure.
Comments welcome. Pass the info around to friends & family at least some awareness should wake up our people .
 

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Tenders invited for first phase of river linking
Tenders have been invited for the first phase of the proposed linking of Cauvery and Kundar rivers (225 km), to be executed at an estimated cost of Rs 165 crore, according PWD Principal Secretary Tamil Nadu S Adiseshiah.

He told newspersons here that the tenders would be finalised shortly. In the second phase to be executed during the current fiscal year, the Tamirabarani and the Karumeniyar would be linked, spending Rs 369 crore. A notification has been issued for tenders. Work on linking Sathanur and Cheyyar rivers would be taken up next year, he added. Asked about the delay in executing the proposed Rs 253 crore flood prevention project to be implemented in and around Tiruchirapalli, he said the work would begin in a month. Tenders for flood prevention work in Cauvery, Coleroon, Kudamuritti, Koraiyar and the Nattu Vaikkal at Srirangam had been finalised. He said the PWD had also prepared a project for improving irrigational infrastructure in the Cauvery delta region.

Meanwhile, Chairman and Managing Director of Agriculture Insurance Company of India, M Parshad said 5.60 lakh farmers had been covered in the state under National Agriculture Insurance Scheme during 2007-08 as against 9.10 lakh farmers in the last six years.

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Project to link Tamiraparani with Karumeniyar, Nambiyar rivers cleared

Three-year timeframe fixed for completing the work in four stages

Project envisages utilisation of 2.8 tmcft. excess water

Carrying capacity of Kannadian channel to be increased

CHENNAI: The State government on Friday issued an order clearing the execution of the Rs.369-crore project to link the Tamiraparani with Karumeniyar and Nambiyar rivers in 72 packages in four stages.

The project envisages utilisation of 2.8 thousand million cubic feet of excess water of the Tamiraparani, which goes waste. A time frame of three years has been fixed for completing it.

In addition to increasing the carrying capacity of the Kannadian channel, a flood carrier channel will be formed over a distance of about 65 km. This is to divert the excess water of the Tamiraparani to Karumeniyar, Pachayar and Nambiyar.

In anticipation of assistance under the Central government’s Accelerated Irrigation Benefits Programme (AIBP), the State government has devised the project.

By diverting the surplus water, the Pachaiyar-Manimuthar main canal and tail end of the Karumeniyar-Nambiyar irrigation systems will be benefited. Also, Sathankulam and Thisayanvilai of Tirunelveli and Tuticorin districts will witness improvement in their groundwater tables.

Around 17,000 hectares will be added to the total irrigated area. Totally, about 23,000 hectares of irrigated area will be benefited. The net addition in paddy production will be around 1.8 lakh tonnes.
Anicut to be improved

According to the order, the Kannadian anicut across the Tamiraparani, will be improved, apart from increasing the carrying capacity of the Kannadian channel and excavating the flood carrier channel. A number of link and supply channels will be formed. Two check dams, one upstream of Sathankulam and the other downstream, will be constructed.

The order stipulated conditions for smooth execution of the project. The works should be taken up in a geographically contiguous manner.

Tamil Nadu has been pressing the Centre to go in for interlinking of rivers in the country which, the State feels, is the only solution to the problem of inter-State river water disputes. Two years ago, Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi had made an appeal at a meeting of the National Development Council for financial assistance to projects for linking of intra-State rivers, as there was no consensus on the implementation of interlinking of rivers.

Accepting this request, the Council had resolved to provide such assistance under the AIBP.

http://www.hindu.com/2008/11/01/stories/2008110154080400.htm
 

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Karunanidhi to lay stone for river interlinking project

It will divert surplus water to Tuticorin, Tirunelveli districts

CHENNAI: Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi will lay the foundation stone on February 9 for the Rs.369-crore project to interlink the Tamirabarani river with the Karumeniyar and Nambiar, Governor Surjit Singh Barnala told the Assembly on Wednesday. The project envisaged diversion of surplus water of the Tamirabarani to dry areas in Tuticorin and Tirunelveli districts.

The Governor said that work on construction of a barrage across the Cauvery at Kattalai at a cost of Rs.165 crore was about to commence. This would mark the first phase of the Cauvery-Gundar interlinking project for taking surplus floodwaters of the Cauvery to water-deficit areas.

Calling upon the Centre to provide necessary financial assistance for the projects immediately, Mr. Barnala recalled the Chief Minister’s appeal to the Centre at the National Development Council meeting in December 2007 for supporting the interlinking projects of intra-State rivers initially, pending implementation of the programme for interlinking inter-State rivers as a solution to inter-State water disputes.

The Rs.616-crore Ramanathapuram Combined Water Supply Scheme to address the water needs of dry areas of Ramanathapuram, Sivagangai and Pudukkottai districts, would be completed by April this year.

To prevent flooding of Chennai city, a major project at an estimated cost of Rs.1,560 crore had been prepared. Approval had been obtained for works to the tune of Rs.690 crore under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission.

The works would be taken up this year. For tackling flooding in the Cauvery and Kollidam rivers, works for Rs.211 crore were under way in the Karur, Tiruchi, Ariyalur and Perambalur districts.

There was a “substantial improvement” in the power situation since last month, as a result of the government’s efforts to improve the supply through “efficient management” of power generating stations of Tamil Nadu Electricity Board (TNEB) and purchase of power from other States and private producers, the Governor said.

In the current year, the State would get 925 megawatt (MW), being its share from the Koodankulam Atomic Power Plant, which was about to be commissioned.

It would also receive 325 MW from an expansion project of the Neyveli Lignite Corporation, he said, referring to the capacity addition projects at Mettur and North Chennai thermal power stations.

Source: http://www.hindu.com/2009/01/22/stories/2009012260480500.htm
 

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Karunanidhi to lay stone for river linking project on February 9

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CHENNAI/TIRUNELVELI: The Rs. 369-crore Tamiraparani-Karumeniyar-Nambiyar river interlinking project seeks to utilise about 20 per cent of the surplus quantum of 13.76 thousand million cubic feet, available on an average annually, in the Tamiraparani river.

Under the project, 2.765 tmcft of surplus water will be diverted through the existing Kannadian channel and the formation of a canal. The 6.5-km-long Kannadian channel’s carrying capacity will be increased from 450 cubic feet per second (cusecs) to 3,680 cusecs. A canal will be formed for 73 km, terminating with M.L. Theri, which is a sand dune. The canal can carry 3,200 cusecs of water.

Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi will lay the foundation stone for the project at Palyamkottai on February 9.

As part of the project, the Kannadian anicut’s discharging efficiency will be improved. There will be a number of link canals that will connect the 73-km-long canal with a host of tanks in the basins of Karumeniyar and Nambiyar and the Manimuthar river’s distributory. The main canal will link with the river Pachayar. The project will benefit 50 villages in Tirunelveli and Tuticorin districts, of which five villages are in Palyamkottai taluk; 17 in Nanguneri taluk; 10 in Radhapuram taluk; 16 in Sathankulam taluk and two in Tiruchendur taluk. Irrigation facilities will be provided to about 23,040 hectares in the two districts.

According to officials of the Water Resources Department, the project envisages halting the progress of sea water intrusion and helping the groundwater table’s recharge. The drinking water requirements of people in the dry regions of Sathankulam and Tisayanvilai will also be met. Of about 1,076 hectares of land to be acquired, 994 hectares fall under the category of dry land and 14.5 hectares under wet land. About 68 hectares belong to poromboke. The officials are confident that the project will be completed in three years. It will be implemented in four phases with each phase containing 18 packages. Bids for nine packages were opened on Wednesday and 18 firms responded. The bids for the remaining packages will be opened on February 12 and the work order for all will be issued by the end of next month.

Source: http://www.hindu.com/2009/01/25/stories/2009012554280400.htm
 
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