CHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, K Palaniswami wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, opposing the Centre's nod to Kerala's proposal, to conduct an Environmental Impact Assessment Study for construction of a new dam in place of the existing Mullaperiyar reservoir.
In the letter, Chief Minister K Palaniswami said, “a committee under the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change had last month recommended for the grant of Terms of Reference of Kerala's proposal, to conduct the Environmental Impact Assessment Study for the construction of a new dam. This has caused great apprehension and consternation among the people of Tamil Nadu."
Kerala government’s relentless proposal to build a new dam across Mullaperiyar river has got the clearance of the Central Environment Ministry on Wednesday. Kerala government claimed that the age-old dam built during the British era is weakened and has been insisting on building a new dam, citing safety concerns of the existing structure.
The centuries-old Mullaperiyar dam is located in high-range Idukki district of Kerala and is operated by Tamil Nadu under an inter-state agreement. Kerala government has reportedly planned to construct the new dam of 174 feet high and will demolish the existing dam.
The Kerala government has allocated Rs 663 crores for this project.