The State government will construct a memorial pillar commemorating the constitution of the Cauvery Water Management Authority (CMA) at the Mettur Dam Park at an outlay of Rs. 1.25 crore, Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami said in Salem on Thursday.

He said that thanks to the legal battle waged by late M..G. Ramachandran and Jayalalithaa for years together, the present regime successfully managed to get the Cauvery Water Management Authority constituted by the Centre.

It was a historic victory for Tamil Nadu and the State government will celebrate it in a fitting manner by setting up a memorial pillar at the Mettur Dam Park.

The government will also further develop the park at an outlay of Rs. 75 lakh, he added. (The State government has already set up a pillar commemorating notification of the final order of Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal in the Union Government Gazette in Mettur Dam Park).

Mr. Palaniswami said that the State government will also set up a memorial for the freedom fighter and crusader for social justice Ramasamy Padayachi in Cuddalore district. The Chief Minister said that he recently made an announcement in the Assembly that the birth anniversary of late Ramaswamy Padayachi will be celebrated as government function. Following this, a host of Ministers, MPs and MLAs met him and pleaded for the construction of a memorial for the late leader.

Mr. Palaniswami said that the government will construct a memorial for the late Ramaswamy Padayachi in his native Cuddalore district and will also install his life-size statue soon. This initiative will enable the present-day younger generation to know the life and achievements and the yeoman services rendered by the late leader for the society.

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