Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister
Jayalalithaa on Sunday asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to
order deployment of CISF at Mullaperiyar dam site "to avoid
any man-made catastrophic consequences" in view of violent
activities reported there.
"In view of the violent activities reported at the dam
site, it is imperative that Central forces be deployed at the
dam immediately. I, therefore, request you to order deployment
of Central Industrial Security Force at the site to avert any
man-made catastrophic consequences immediately," she said in a
letter to the Prime Minister.
She said there have been reports of vandalism organised
by certain political parties of Kerala at the site.
About 200 people had damaged a gate at Tamil Nadu
Electricity Board facility yesterday, while certain "lumpen
elements" went to the dam today from Vallakadavu (Kerala) with
a JCB (excavator) and some equipment today with the intention
of discharging water and wanting to damage the dam, she said.
"As I have pointed out earlier, the orchestrated campaign
of fear mongering carried on by Kerala government has led to
this situation wherein the very security and safety of the Dam
is being deliberately threatened."
Jayalalithaa said it was pertinent to point out that dams
much older than Mullaiperiyar are functional. In Tamil Nadu,
there is the more than 1,900 year-old Kallanai dam built by
Karikaala Cholan in second century AD, which is still
functioning due to regular maintenance.
The Chief Minister said people in delta areas of Tamil
Nadu are not living in any fear of the dam bursting or
Similarly the Andhra Pradesh Irrigation Department
maintains Godavari anicut and Krishna barrage, dating to
between 1845 and 1855.
"May I also bring to your notice that the materials Major
Pennycuick used to construct Mullaiperiyar Dam are the same
that Karikaala Cholan used for the Kallanai 1900 years ago:
stone and surki?", Jayalalithaa pointed.
She said the Advocate General, Kerala, has gone on record
before division bench of the Kerala High Court submitting that
even in the case of any eventuality, the Idukki reservoir,
Kulamavu and Cheruthoni dams will take the waters.
"The Government of Kerala by its own admission recognises
all safety measures are in place," she said.
"The current situation of fear and panic mongering by the
Kerala government is beyond comprehension and requires mature
and informed decisions and wise handling at the level of the
Prime Minister," she said and sought CISF cover.