Issue Date: Apr 30, 2003
A committee that was set up under the state irrigation department on August 26, 2000, is evaluating the plan. While its chairperson, G S Paramasivaiya, mentioned that the river would be diverted "purely by gravity", he refused to divulge details about the scheme's assessment criteria on the pretext that the interim feasibility and technical reports were "confidential". Down To Earth has, however, obtained copies of the two documents dated March 23, 2001, and October 2002, respectively. From a logical viewpoint, they are an awkward read.