Minister for Information Technology M. Manikandan has said that Ramanathapuram district is entitled to share of surplus water from Vaigai dam whenever the level in the dam reached its full capacity of 71 feet.

As per the Government Order passed during the K. Kamaraj regime, surplus water should be released to meet irrigation and drinking water needs but the elected representatives had never asserted the right, he said here on Saturday. He said he had urged the authorities to release water in December.

As the water level had touched 69 ft in Vaigai dam, he had urged the Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam on August 20 to release 1,800 mcft of water so that it could reach the big tank here.

The Chief Minister also agreed to consider the demand. But the district was deprived of its share when water was released recently. Though water could not be released, he would get it done when the dam became full in December this year.

After Vaigai water reached the big tank in December, 2017, the water met the drinking water needs of people for about six months, he said.

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