Karuna lashes out at Kerala over Mullaperiyar dam

DMK chief M Karunanidhi came down heavily on the Kerala govt for not honouring SC`s 2006 order on raising Mullaperiyar dam height.

Updated: Dec 11, 2011, 21:54 PM IST

Chennai: Coming down on the Kerala government
for not honouring the Supreme Court`s 2006 order on raising
Mullaperiyar dam height, DMK chief M Karunanidhi on Sunday said he
was yet to get an answer to his query on whether it was right
for the state to refuse to accept it and bring an amendment.

"If the Supreme Court`s judgement is considered supreme,
why has its order not been accepted? Is it right on the part
of the Kerala government to bring an amendment, despite the
Apex Court`s March 15, 2006 order to raise the height? I still
have not got answer to my query which I raised on November 14,
2009," he said in a statement.

Karunanidhi sought to know the remedy if a state
government itself did this (not complying with the order). "If
all state governments go on like this, what will happen to
democracy?"

He said DMK`s one day state-wide fast by party workers
tomorrow was to demand that central forces be deployed at the
dam site until a decision was taken on the issue and to allow
immediate implementation of the order to increase the height
from 136 feet to 142 feet.

The fast, he said, was also aimed at drawing the attention
of both the Centre and Kerala governments "remaining mute
spectators" to people of Tamil Nadu being prevented from
entering that state by some anti-social elements.

Karunanidhi said the party has also planned to organise a
human chain in Theni, Madurai, Sivaganga, Dindigul and
Ramanathapuram districts on December 14 over the issue.

The simmering tension over the issue has led to sporadic
incidents of violence on both sides of the border.

Kerala has been insisting on a new dam to replace the
116-year-old structure, citing safety concerns, leading to
attacks on Tamils and Keralites in some parts of both states.

However, Tamil Nadu maintains that the dam is as good as a
new one and moved the Supreme Court on the issue. The dam is
located in Kerala, but controlled by Tamil Nadu on a 999 year
lease.

PTI