Karunanidhi asks Kerala not to reduce dam level

DMK president M Karunanidhi told the Kerala government that any effort on its part to reduce the Mullaperiyar Dam water level and build a new one in its place would have to be viewed as an attempt to subvert judicial process.

Last Updated: Dec 31, 2011, 15:46 PM IST

Chennai: DMK president M Karunanidhi on Saturday told the Kerala government that any effort on its part to
reduce the Mullaperiyar Dam water level and build a new one in
its place would have to be viewed as an attempt to subvert
judicial process and deny justice to the people of Tamil Nadu.

"This issue is now before the Supreme Court, and any
effort by Government of Kerala to reduce the water level and
attempt to construct a new dam has to be viewed as an attempt
to subvert the judicial process and deny justice to the people
of Tamil Nadu," he said in a letter to Kerala Chief Minister
Oommen Chandy.

It is unfair for Kerala to resolve to reduce the level to
120 feet even as a case is pending in the Supreme Court, he
said, adding the Constitution and apex court "will objectively
take care of the interests of all citizens of our country".

Responding to Chandy`s December 28 letter, in which he had
stated that the DMK leader was apprehensive of safety of
Tamils and these were "inflated stories based on
misinformation," he said it was based on true incidents and
widely reported in media.

"I want to reiterate these are not at all inflated stories
based on misinformation, but based on true incidents, reported
in various newspapers and shown live on TV channels," he said.

Further, he had `ascertained` the true situation with
people in the affected areas, he said recalling his letter to
the Supreme Court appointed empowered committee chairman,
seeking deployment of Central Forces at the dam.

On Chandy`s fears about the dam`s safety, he said the apex
court`s 2006 order held it is strong, which the Centre too is
in agreement with.

PTI