A check-dam proposed to be built across Palar river in Chittor district close to the Tamil Nadu border has become the bone of contention between the two states. Tamil Nadu,which has gone to the Supreme Court,is objecting to the dam saying it would affect water supply to Krishnagiri,Dharmapuri,and Salem areas just across the Andhra border. While the SC has asked both the states to settle it among themselves,Andhra has decided to go ahead with and start work soon.
Major Irrigation Minister P Lakshmaiah says TNs worries are unwarranted because the dam wont retain or divert large quantities of water. We have proposed a small structure,a check-dam type of thing that doesnt cost more than Rs 55-60 crore. We plan to use about 200 million cubic feet of water for drinking and irrigation purpose in Ganeshpuram. At present,this water passes into the sea anyway,” he said.
Irrigation officials say the quantity of water the state wants to use will not affect supply downstream.
The Palar river originates in Karnataka and enters Andhra at Ganeshpuram and winds down into TN before joining the Bay of Bengal. Ganeshpuram is in Kuppam Mandal TDP president N Chandrababu Naidus constituency.
The project was supposed to start in December 2007,but was delayed due to TNs objections.