Mullaperiyar Dam News
The Kerala Water Resources Minister PJ Joseph said they are confident that their demand for a new dam will be accepted by the Supreme Court.
Jayalalithaa has told the Prime Minister that if central forces are not sent to guard the dam she will deploy state forces. This comes as Kerala has restricted Tamil Nadu officials from carrying out repair works on the dam.
Member of the Supreme Court on Mullaperiyar Dam Justice K T Thomas said it was unfortunate that some quarters sought to whip up emotions on the panel's report, instead of looking at it rationally.
With two Kerala ministers and the Kerala Congress refusing to accept the SC-appointed committee's findings on the Mullaperiyar dam, the dispute between Kerala and Tamil Nadu has become one more based in politics than in science.
The categorical safety clearance to the 116 year old Mullaperiyar dam by the empowered committee of the Supreme Court is a huge blow to Kerala.
Media reports suggested that the panel had given due consideration to Kerala's concerns on the safety of the 119-year-old dam.
The much-awaited report on various aspects of the structure will be submitted it to the apex court on Wednesday.
Making it clear that it would not compromise on its rights on the Mullaperiyar Dam issue, the AIADMK alleged it was a victim of the Centre's "persistent indifference" and accused Kerala of whipping up "mass fear and insecurity" over the row.
The dawn to dusk state wide hartal called by "Mullaperiyar Samrakshna Samithi", a forum supporting Kerala's stand on constructing a new dam, has managed to evoke only a partial response in Kerala.
Kerala must cede dam catchment land, says Karunanidhi.
Jayalaitha's announcement of giving a memorial to John Pennycuick, the British engineer Colonel , who constructed the Mullaperiyar dam more than 100 years ago, will most certainly evoke public passion for the present dam and the emotions associated with it.
Today’s interaction with Chennai scribes was the latest in Chandy's media strategy to generate favourable opinion on the issue in Tamil Nadu but the journalists were not impressed.
Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy today said the state government will reply to the Supreme Court empowered committee this week on ownership mechanism for the proposed dam.
The panel asked both states to file their response to the issue by Friday.
Karunanidhi met the PM and submitted a memorandum seeking his intervention to end attacks on Tamils in Kerala after the row erupted afresh following Kerala's insistence on building a new dam.
For the first time since the Mullaperiyar dam agitation began, moderate voices from within Kerala have dented the seemingly united and hardline stand of the state on a politically inflammable issue.
Soon after the PM's arrival to Tamil Nadu, Jayalalithaa met him at Raj Bhavan and submitted a memorandum making a host of demands.