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`Make public all details of Telugu Ganga accord'

By Our special Correspondent

COIMBATORE, OCT. 5. The Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) leader, S. Ramadoss, today urged the Chief Minister, Jayalalithaa, to come out with all the details regarding the Telugu Ganga accord as he is apprehensive that it might prove infructuous.

"Hitherto unknown facts (of the accord) have recently been revealed by the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister," he said.

Addressing a press conference here, he pointed out that as per the 1983 agreement, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and Maharashtra should give 5 tmcft each to Tamil Nadu.

"Not even half of this quantum has reached Chennai in any year," he observed.

(G.K.Mani, party president and MLA, added that Chennai had received hardly 1.5 tmcft.)

Referring to recent newspaper reports, Dr. Ramadoss said while Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister had announced that his State was committed to giving its share of 5 tmcft to Chennai, "no confirmation has been received with regard to the release of their share from Karnataka and Maharashtra so far."

Apart from making public all the details in this regard, he said Ms. Jayalalithaa should approach the Chief Ministers of Karnataka and Maharashtra to get their share released.

Meeting with PM

Asked whether his party would broach the Cauvery issue with the Congress, which was ruling Karnataka, Dr. Ramadoss said he planned to take it up with the Congress president, Sonia Gandhi.

"Besides, I propose to meet the Prime Minister on October 7 and request him to convene the Cauvery River Authority also".

He pleaded that a Higher Education Development Corporation with a substantial corpus should be formed by the State Government to help the poor and the needy.

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