TN slams Kerala over Mullaperiyar dam issue

Tamil Nadu government on Saturday slammed Kerala for announcing its plans to go ahead with the construction of a new dam across Mullaperiyar.

Last Updated: Feb 06, 2011, 00:07 AM IST

Chennai: Tamil Nadu government on Saturday slammed Kerala for announcing its plans to go ahead with the construction of a new dam across Mullaperiyar and said it will press the Centre to appeal to the neighbouring state not to
act in a way that would impede "inter-state ties".

Finance Minister K Anbazhagan told the Assembly that
the it was mentioned in the Governor`s Address to the Kerala
Assembly yesterday that the construction works for a new dam
would start this year itself.

"As for the Mullaperiyar issue, Kerala Government has
been acting against the Constitution and in ways that would
affect (inter-state) ties," he said.

He recalled that Tamil Nadu had filed a case in the
Supreme Court against Kerala Irrigation and Water Conservation
(Amendment) Act 2006, in the wake of the apex court allowing
Tamil Nadu to increase the water storage level to 142 ft in
2006.

Further, the Supreme Court had last year appointed an
empowered committee comprising retired judges from both the
states besides central government experts to examine the
safety aspects of the dam and it had inspected it on December
21, he said.

"While the case is pending, it is condemnable that the
Kerala governnment had announced starting works on the new dam
this year itself," he said.

Tamil Nadu would press the Centre to appeal to Kerala
to act in a way that would not impede inter-state ties and
also present its case in the Supreme Court at the appropriate
time, he added.

PTI