Tamil Nadu

MDMK to block roads to Kerala on May 28

MDMK general secretary Vaiko staging a demonstrtion in Madurai to mark the protesting against Kerala Government's proposal for constructing a new dam in lieu of Periyar Dam. A file Photo: S. James.

MDMK general secretary Vaiko staging a demonstrtion in Madurai to mark the protesting against Kerala Government's proposal for constructing a new dam in lieu of Periyar Dam. A file Photo: S. James.  

The MDMK will block all roads to Kerala on May 28 to condemn the Kerala government's stand on inter-State water disputes denying Tamil Nadu its share of water for irrigation and drinking purposes.

“The road roko will send across a message that we will not allow supply of food and other items if Kerala denies water to Tamil Nadu. Don't face a permanent economic embargo,” warned a resolution adopted at a meeting of MDMK district secretaries, political advisory committee and other committees.

Accusing Kerala of appropriating water resources in the Western Ghats, the party said around 30,000 acres could not be cultivated as the Kerala government had denied permission to repair the Shenbagavalli dam in Tirunelveli district. Similar denial of water from the Neyyar had deprived 28,000 acres of irrigation facilities in Kanyakumari district. The resolution warned that the Karur area would face drinking water shortage if Kerala succeeded in constructing a dam across the Pamba. “The dam will prevent the flowing of water in Amaravathi river.”

Alleging that Kerala had failed to honour the Supreme Court order on the Mullaperiyar dam, the resolution said the Centre was also tacitly supporting Kerala.

By another resolution the party decided to hold demonstration in the district headquarters on April 7 to highlight the State government's failure to generate adequate electricity.

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