Chennai: MDMK chief Vaiko on Saturday said that southern Tamil Nadu would transform into a desert if Kerala government went ahead with its plans of demolishing the Mullaperiar Dam.
"The Kerala government has made all arrangements to demolish the dam. If it went ahead with its plan, South Tamil Nadu will become a desert-like region," Vaiko said in a statement here.
Kerala`s attempt of demolishing the structure would tantamount to "demolishing the country`s integrity," he said.
Tamil Nadu and Kerala are at loggerheads over storage levels of water in the dam.
The Supreme Court had in 2006 allowed Tamil Nadu to store water at 142 ft but the Kerala Assembly passed a legislation to nullify that order. It wants to construct a new dam there.
The Supreme court, looking into a case filed by Tamil Nadu, later constituted a five-member committee to go into all issues, including the safety aspects of the dam, raising water level beyond 136 ft as well as Kerala?s demand for a new dam.
Vaiko also charged Chief Minister M Karunanidhi with not protecting the rights of the state and said that despite opposing constituting the committee, the state later appointed its representative to it.