Staff Reporter

THENI: The State Government will stand by the order of the Supreme Court on the Mullaperiyar dam issue and wants to settle the issue amicably, Public Works Minister Durai Murugan has said.

Talking to reporters at the dam site on Thursday, he said his visit, as directed by Chief Minister M.Karunanidhi, would be useful for holding talks with the Kerala Government.

"Top PWD engineers and I have assessed large quantum of water being discharged through 13 vents of the dam. Now, the dam has 138.4 feet of water and excess water has been drained into the dam. Already, Central PWD engineers have certified the strength of the dam and the Supreme Court too declined to review its order allowing Tamil Nadu to raise the level to 142 feet. Our aim was to settle the issue without any unpleasantness to both sides. All the information gathered here will be reported to the Chief Minister," he said.

On the repair work on the Kumuli-Theni main road near Iraichal bridge, he said it would be completed within two or three days and traffic to Kerala streamlined.

Repair work

Repair work at the power house would also be expedited to resume power generation, which had been affected due to accumulation of silt at the tailrace.

PWD Secretary Rajarathinam and Theni Collector Har Sahay Meena accompanied Mr. Durai Murugan