February 9th, 2012
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Mullaperiyar issue: Angry Jaya sends letter to PM

jayalalithaaChennai: An infuriated Jayalalithaa has strongly expressed her displeasure against Kerala government and has asked the Prime Minister to stop any activity at the Mullaperiyar Dam that violates Tamil Nadu’s rights. In her letter to the PM she has taken strong exception to the alleged installation of a new technology at the dam to monitor water levels. The centre had sanctioned the Kerala governments move. “Any unilateral action without Tamil Nadu’s consent is against federalism.”

She referred to reports of Kerala deciding “unilaterally” to install real-time monitoring system for water build up, calling it yet another attempt to exacerbate fears in Kerala about its safety. She said reports suggested Kerala had entered into an agreement with the Ministry of Science and Technology to install “real-time monitoring system for water build up.” Jayalalithaa accused Kerala of “persistently” engaging in fear mongering about the dam’s safety though the Supreme Court had held in 2006 that the structure is safe and water could be stored initially up to 142 feet.

“I also request you to direct the Department of Science and Technology and Government of Kerala not to proceed further in any activity against the established rights of Tamil Nadu, since Tamil Nadu is the incontrovertible sole owner of the Mullaiperiyar Dam and all its appurtenant structure,” she said. She added that the actions of the Kerala government only strengthen the basis for her earlier request for deployment of Central forces at the dam site.

“I, therefore, request you to order the deployment of the CISF at the dam site forthwith,” she said.


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