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Swamy: Set up desalination plants along TN’s coast

Tuesday, 21 March 2017 | Kumar Chellappan | Chennai

Tamil Nadu which is experiencing one of the worst droughts in recent history and severe water shortage should seriously think of setting up desalination plants along the State’s coast, according to Subramanian Swamy.

In a letter addressed to Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswamy,  a copy of which was accessed by The Pioneer, the senior BJP leader has offered the Chief Minister all help and assistance for the implementation of the desalination project.

“It is important to augment the supply in rivers of Cauvery and Vaigai. This can be done by desalination of water in many places along the Tamil Nadu coast,” Swamy said in the letter to the Chief Minister.

He has pointed out that the desalination plants being operated by the Madras Atomic Power Station at Kalpakkam in Tamil Nadu and the Jamnagar Petro Chemical Complex in Gujarat.

Swamy said the Tamil Nadu Government should never give an impression that it was at the mercy of Karnataka Government. “If we can set up a dozen desalination plants along the Tamil Nadu coast, we will be in a situation to give water to Karnataka,” he said.

AY Dangore, former scientist of the Department of Atomic Energy, who is credited with the setting up of the desalination plants at MAPS and the Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR) fully concurred with the views expressed by Swamy.

“We are operating a series of desalination plants along the Tamil Nadu coast to meet the water requirements of MAPS and IGCAR. The water needs of the IGCAR Atomic Energy township  too is met by desalination plants. It is possible to operate such plants at economically,”  said Dangore.

Swamy said that Israel has some of the best technology for desalination plants.

“We have wasted lot of money and energy in court cases associated with Cauvery. It is time to think clearly and take decisions at the crucial juncture.” He said.

Swamy has also taken up the killings of patriots, women and childreb in Tamil Nadu by by the Jehadi/extremist elements. “ISIS, the notorious terrorist organisation  has infiltrated in the State. I urge you to invoke Gonda Act, National Security Act and various sections of the IPC to prevent the anti-national elements that are behind the disruption of law and order,” said Swamy.

The BJP leader has also demanded that Tamil Nadu government should set up a Temple Transfer Committee and transfer all the 47,000 temples which are under the direct custody of the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowment Department to its original title holders. He pointed out that it was not possible to the HR and CE department to hold on to any temple for financial misappropriation beyond a reasonable period to any temple . 

 
 
 

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