Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Thursday called upon Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to direct the Union Ministry of Science and Technology to desist immediately from entering into an agreement with the Kerala government or annul any such agreement on the installation of real-time monitoring system for water build-up in the Mullaperiyar dam.
Referring to reports in the media regarding the agreement that the Kerala government and the Union Ministry had entered into in this regard, the Chief Minister said: “This unilateral action of the government of Kerala in ordering real-time monitoring of the Mullaperiyar Dam in association with the Government of India, Ministry of Science and Technology, without the consent of Tamil Nad a blatant violation of the Principle of Federalism and the Constitutional framework.”
In her letter to the Prime Minister, she requested him to direct the Union Ministry and the Kerala government not to proceed further in any activity against the established rights of Tamil Nadu, “since Tamil Nadu is the incontrovertible sole owner of the Mullaperiyar Dam and all its appurtenant structures.”
Ms. Jayalalithaa also pointed out that the Empowered Committee constituted by the Supreme Court under the chairmanship of Justice A.S. Anand was fully seized of the matter regarding the safety of the Mullaperiyar dam and was likely to submit its report to the court shortly.
Contending that the Kerala government was “persistently engaged in fear mongering” about the safety of the dam even though the Supreme Court, in 2006, declared that the dam was safe and water could be stored initially up to 142 ft, the Chief Minister said the Kerala government's move was “yet another attempt to exacerbate fears” in Kerala about the safety of the dam.
“It is also an attempt to present a ‘fait accompli' to the Supreme Court when the matter is sub judice.”
Recalling her plea in December for the deployment of the Central Industrial Security Force at the dam site, Ms. Jayalalithaa said the action of the Kerala government “interfering in the management” of the dam only strengthened the basis for her earlier request and appealed to him to order the deployment of the Central forces forthwith.