TN to seek Central intervention in Palar issue

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Vellore, Tamil Nadu, Nov 14 (UNI) Taking exception to the Andhra Pradesh Government's move to build a check dam across river Palar, Tamil Nadu Public Works Minister Duraimurugan today said the state Government would write to the Centre, seeking its intervention.

Talking to newspersons here, the Minister, reacting to the Andhra Pradesh government's decision to lay the foundation stone for the dam on December six, said the government would write to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to interfere in the matter and advise the Andhra Pradesh government not to proceed with the construction.

Mr Duraimurugan said the Tamil Nadu government had filed a suit before the Supreme Court to give a direction to Andhra Pradesh not to proceed with the construction of the check dam across Palar or its tributaries. As the suit was slated to come up for further hearing in February next, the state government would take steps to expedite the case as there was a ''cause of action'' now.

He said the decision to lay the foundation stone went against the Andhra Pradesh government's assurance that it would not take any action, detrimental to the interests of the people of Tamil Nadu.

This showed that the state was not willing to resolve the issue through talks and Tamil Nadu had no option, but to approach the Centre and the Supreme Court for an amicable settlement, he said.

It was also unfortunate that neighbouring states refused to honour Supreme Court orders, he said, adding that when the apex court said the water level in Mullaiperiyar dam could be raised to 142 ft, the Kerala Government refused to implement the order.

Mr Duraimurugan said the Centre had not given any permission to Andhra Pradesh to build the check dam. ''Andhra Pradesh is free to organise any function on their soil and we have to only approach the Supreme Court,'' he said.

He had explained to the Andhra Pradesh Government that the check dam would affect the flow of water downstream and five northern districts of Tamil Nadu would be hit if the dam was constructed.

''We cannot wage a war against Andhra Pradesh. We have to seek only legal recourse,'' he said.


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