PMK flays Centre for dropping idea of linking rivers
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Last Updated: Thursday, December 03, 2009, 18:34
Chennai: PMK founder S Ramadoss on Thursday slammed the centre for dropping the idea of inter-linking of Himalayan and peninsular rivers on the ground of expenditure and alleged the move had more to do with Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's stand against the proposal than that of fund crunch.

"During his recent visit to Tamil Nadu, Rahul Gandhi had said he was not in favour of the project. It is this stand which has made the government drop the idea," he said in a statement here.

About two months ago, Rahul had criticised the project, saying "it will be an environmental disaster". "It is a bad idea," he had said in Chennai.

Ramadoss said experts have warned of severe water crisis in the state after about 25 years and asserted that linking of Himalayan and peninsular rivers alone will prevent such a situation. "All our hopes are now dashed," he said.

On the Centre's move to inter-link Himalayan and peninsular rivers separately, Ramadoss wondered whether Kerala, who he accused of denying water to Tamil Nadu, will be on the board to inter-link the rivers.

Instead of promising separate inter-linking of rivers, the centre should first announce all big rivers in the country as "national assets" he said, adding that promises of such separate inter-linking were only "misleading tactics".

The Centre had yesterday said that it had given up erstwhile NDA government's plans of inter-linking Himalayan and peninsular rivers, citing huge expenditure of Rs 4.4 lakh crore needed for the exercise.


First Published: Thursday, December 03, 2009, 18:34

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