Chennai, May 7 UNI | 3 months ago

Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa today hailed the Supreme Court verdict allowing Tamil Nadu to raise the storage level in the Mullaiperiyar Dam from 136 ft to 142 ft and said she was dedicating this historic victory to the people of the State.


In a statement here, she said the apex court verdict, allowing Tamil Nadu to raise the storage level and striking down the law enacted by the Kerala Government in 2006 restricting the storage level to 136 ft, gave her immense happiness as it sustained the livelihood of the farmers in the southern districts and the people of the state.

She said she had been tasting victory in all her endeavours, be it in getting the final award in the Cauvery River Water Disputes Tribunal notified in the government gazette or in preventing sale of Public Sector Neyveli Lignite Corporation to private parties.

"And in this line, justice was delivered through the Supreme Court on Mullaiperiyar Dam issue", she said, adding, through this verdict, justice was given to Tamil Nadu and the rights of the State were protected.

"I am immensely happy to hear this sweet news", Ms Jayalalithaa said, while exuding confidence of continuing this victory march and dedicating the historic victory to the people of the State.

Listing out the various steps taken by her government, she said the civil suit filed by her in 2006 April was decreed and the rights of the state and the decisions taken by her government on the issue upheld.

She said the apex court had also restrained Kerala from interfering with the rights of Tamil Nadu from raising the water level in the dam from 136 ft to 142 ft.

The Court also allowed Tamil Nadu to take up maintenance and strengthening works in the Dam as per the 2006 verdict, she pointed out.

Ms Jayalalithaa said though there was no truth in the fears raised by Kerala, the court had appointed a three-member committee to ensure that the water level was raised to 142 ft.

"This verdict has upheld the livelihood of the farmers in the southern districts and the livelihood of the people", she said.

(Posted on 08-05-2014)