The Tamil Nadu authorities on Friday strongly condemned neighbouring Kerala’s announcement to assemble a brand new reservoir within the place of the present Mullaperiyar dam and mentioned the transfer was “arbitrary and amounted to contempt of Supreme Court docket order”.
Responding to Tamil Nadu’s cost, the Authorities of Kerala sought to allay considerations of the neighbouring state over the difficulty by clarifying that the proposal to construct a brand new dam within the place of the over a century-old dam was put forth for guaranteeing the protection of the individuals dwelling downstream.
Kerala Water Sources Minister Roshy Augustine additionally made it clear that his state was dedicated to offer water to Tamil Nadu.
The state will maintain talks with Tamil Nadu on the difficulty of establishing a brand new dam throughout Mullaperiyar, Augustine instructed reporters in Kottayam.
Mullaperiyar is pronounced as Mullaiperiyar in Tamil Nadu.
Earlier, lashing out at Kerala for the announcement within the state Meeting, Tamil Nadu Water Sources Minister Duraimurugan mentioned his state would oppose the transfer to assemble a brand new dam in all features.
“Kerala authorities’s announcement to construct a brand new dam within the place of the present one is unfair and unacceptable,” he mentioned.
The Tamil Nadu authorities will oppose this in all features and the state’s rights (over Mullaperiyar) is not going to be given up for any motive, Duraimurugan mentioned.
In a press release, the minister mentioned the announcement within the Kerala Meeting by the Governor immediately on a proposal to construct a brand new dam, is opposite to the judgment delivered by the Supreme Court docket on Might 7, 2014 and “contempt of the order of the apex courtroom.”
The Supreme Court docket’s order clearly acknowledged that the Mullaperiyar dam is secure in all respects and that there isn’t any want for a brand new dam. It has additionally made it clear that the Kerala authorities can not impose the brand new dam undertaking on the Tamil Nadu authorities, Duraimurugan mentioned, citing the 2014 order.
The judgment, relating to water stage in Mullaperiyar reservoir, had restrained Kerala by a decree of everlasting injunction from making use of and implementing the impugned laws or in any method interfering with or obstructing Tamil Nadu from growing the water stage to 142 toes and from finishing up restore works.
In the meantime, AIADMK coordinator and former chief minister O Panneerselvam condemned Kerala for the announcement and claimed the neighbouring state was emboldened because of the “DMK authorities’s smooth method.” He urged Chief Minister M Ok Stalin to take all authorized and political steps to oppose Kerala and to make sure Tamil Nadu’s rights on Mullaperiyar prevailed.
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