Coimbatore, Feb 27 (PTI) A large number of today laid siege of the office of Parambikulam Aliyar Project (PAP) Engineer here protesting release of water from Azhiyar Dam to Kerala, when farmers in Tamil Nadu were facing water shortage. Also Read - Unable to Break Open ATM, Robbers Steal The Whole Machine in Tamil Nadu's Tiruppur

As about 450 cusecs of water was released yesterday to Kerala, the farmers numbering about 2000 from Pollachi, Tirupur, Kangeyam and nearby areas staged the protest demonstration, police said. Also Read - Lockdown News: These States Impose Lockdown-Like Restrictions in March, Only Essential Services Allowed | Full List

There was an agreement between the two states to release 7.25 TMC water to Kerala annually and already 5.5 TMC of water was released so far. Also Read - Rahul Gandhi Enjoys Palm Fruit With Locals in Tamil Nadu's Kanyakumari, Video Goes Viral | Watch

There was time till May to release the remaining quantum of water, the farmers claimed.

As Kerala government started drawing water from Siruvani, to compensate the water from Azhiyar, there was the threat of drinking water shortage to Coimbatore, administration released 450 Cusecs of water, which had drawn the ire of farmers in the region.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.