Argument at dam site with officials of the Andhra Pradesh Government
PMK men shouted slogans against Andhra Pradesh Government They were ghearoed by a group of people
TIRUPATTUR: The Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) is likely to intensify stir against the Andhra Pradesh Government's proposal to construct a check dam across the Palar at Ganesapuram near Kuppam. The PMK State president and MLA G.K.Mani along with other party functionaries including the Tirupattur MLA T.K. Raja visited the proposed site for construction of a check dam on Thursday to impress upon the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Rajashekar Reddy to stop the construction.
After inspecting the Palar dam at Kuppam in Andhra Pradesh, the PMK functionaries put banners and digital boards all around the place wanting the Andhra Pradesh Government to stop the construction of the check dam which would block the flow of Palar water to the northern parts of Tamil Nadu. The PMK also staged a protest and shouted slogans against the Andhra Pradesh Government.
Immediately after the protest, the PMK functionaries were ghearoed by a group of people headed by the Rural Electricity Cooperative Society Chairman Jayaraman Reddy. Both sides entered into an argument. The situation turned tense when Jayaraman Reddy questioned how the PMK functionaries could come and inspect the dam site without prior permission. He said that the Andhra Pradesh Government would go ahead with the construction of a check dam across the Palar. "We require water. You cannot stop the check dam work. You people politicise the issue," he said.
However, Mr. Mani and other PMK functionaries reiterated that they had come based on information that the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister was to inaugurate the construction work on Thursday. But there was no sign of the Chief Minister inaugurating the work. After continued argument the PMK functionaries were allowed to leave Kuppam.
Stating that agriculturists would suffer a serious setback, the PMK MLA said that even factories in Vellore, Tiruvannamalai, Kancheepuram and Thiruvallur districts would suffer a setback. As there was a complete depletion of ground water in the northern parts of Tamil Nadu most of the factories in these areas were on the verge of closing down their operation.
Andhra Pradesh had constructed 12 check dams across Palar within a distance of 20 kilometres. Further construction would be a major setback to Tamil Nadu. The PMK would intensify the protest, Mr. Mani said.