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Chennai:

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami thanked Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan for offering 20 lakh litres of drinking water to the drought-hit state. Earlier, Pinarayi had informed that Tamil Nadu rejected Kerala’s offer to help.

“Tamil Nadu is facing a severe water crisis and state Govt had agreed to provide drinking water to [via] the railways. Our office contacted Tamil Nadu Chief Minister’s Office and received a reply that it wasn’t necessary,” Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan said on Thursday.

However, later in a tweet, SP Velumani denied reports of rejecting the offer made by Kerala.

“Chennai’s minimum water need is 525 MLD [million litres per day]. But Kerala’s offer was 2 MLD. We have communicated that we can manage the 2 MLD water on our own,” his statement read.

Palaniswami later thanked CM Pinarayi for the offer to help. He said at a press conference in Chennai that he would soon write back to Vijayan. “We need every drop of water,” he was quoted by PTI.

“Tamil Nadu government is working to strengthen Mullaperiyar dam in order to store more water,” he said. “Unfortunately, the Kerala government is not letting us do this. I urge the Kerala government to cooperate with us on this,” he added.

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