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Updated: December 24, 2010 02:58 IST

Kerala's fears on Mullaperiyar baseless: Jayalalithaa

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AIADMK general secretary Jayalalithaa arrives at the airport in Thiruvananthapuram enroute to Kanyakumari district on Thursday. Photo: C. Ratheesh Kumar
The Hindu AIADMK general secretary Jayalalithaa arrives at the airport in Thiruvananthapuram enroute to Kanyakumari district on Thursday. Photo: C. Ratheesh Kumar

The fears raised by the State Government over the safety of Mullaperiyar dam are aimed at abrogating the water-sharing agreement with Tamil Nadu, AIADMK general secretary J. Jayalaitha has said.

Addressing reporters at the airport en route to Marthandam for attending a party programme on Thursday afternoon, Ms. Jayalalitha said that Kerala's argument that the dam was located on a seismic belt does not hold water. The proposed dam is only 400 metres away from the existing dam and hence comes within the same seismic belt. The dam is only 50 years old and hence is quite safe as experts have pointed out.

Now, water from the dam is used for meeting the drinking and irrigation needs of five districts in Tamil Nadu. These five districts are making substantial contribution to national food security. Any adverse decision will have a direct impact on the food security scheme and also reduce the five districts to a desert. The only intention of Kerala is to abrogate the agreement for 999 years and wrest total control of the dam.

Referring to the spectrum scam, Ms. Jayalalitha said that the image of the DMK had taken a severe beating owing to the scam. Never before has the world witnessed a scam of such magnitude. Former Telecom Minister A. Raja should be arrested, she said.

She said that she has kept the options open in spurting the UPA Government and it was for them to decide. She raised a party flag outside the airport and greeted the party workers gathered there. "This is the first flag being raised in Kerala and the party will go from strength to strength as in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Puducherry and other places, she said.

One does not know which Mullaperiyar Ms. Jayalalitha is alluding to be just 50 years old. Hindu should desist from printing such nonsense. The one that Kerala has dispute with Tamil Nadu is more than 116 years. Nowhere in the world such an old dam is considered to be safe, except in India. Kerala's contention that the existing dam is in seismic belt should be read with the fact it was dam built with lime surkhi concrete, a less strong concrete. The fear of TN is also misplaced especially since Kerala has assured continuous supply of water. So, what is the problem? It is clear that since both the states will have to enter into a new water sharing agreement, TN will have to pay more than the case presently. Now TN pays virtually just a fraction of the real value of water .

from:  KVSKumar
Posted on: Feb 3, 2011 at 16:37 IST
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