Chennai: The Centre has decided to keep "in
abeyance" constitution of an expert panel by the National
Management Disaster Authority (NDMA) to prepare a contingency
plan for the Mullaperiyar Dam in the backdrop of strong
opposition from Tamil Nadu.
A communication to this effect has been received by the
State Public Works Department, a senior PWD official said.
NDMA`s decision to form an expert panel to prepare a
contingency plan has been "kept in abeyance" till the Supreme
Court appointed Empowered Committee completed its work, he
On December 21, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa had written
to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, taking strong exception to
NDMA forming an expert team to draw up such a plan, saying it
was nothing but "succumbing to the subterfuge" of Kerala.
She had expressed "shock" over NDMA under his chairmanship
constituting such a team to formulate a Contingency Response
Plan, including "inundation and submergence models" in the
event of possible scenarios like earthquakes and floods.
The Chief Minister also took up the issue along with
other matters with Singh on Sunday when he was on a two-day
visit to the state.
Tamil Nadu and Kerala are locked in a bitter row over the
116 year-old structure, with the latter insisting that it be
replaced with a new one, following safety concerns.
Tamil Nadu has been strongly resisting the move, saying the
dam is strong.