Chennai, May 9 UNI | 2 months ago

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and AIADMK General Secretary J Jayalithaa today said her party will ensure 'the new government, which will take charge in New Delhi', appointed the supervisory committee to raise the water level in the Mullaperiyar Dam to 142 feet.

In a statement here, Mr Jayalalithaa said while her government had already nominated a representative for the three-member supervisory panel for oversee raising the water level to 142 feet, it was doubtful if Kerala Government and the Centre would appoint a representative each as mandated by the Supreme Court though a letter had already written by her in this regard to the Union Government.

Whether the Centre will act on the letter or not, after May 16 there will be change in dispensation at the Centre and her AIADMK, 'will play a vital role in policy making.'

This will ensure all the steps are taken by the committee to raise the water level in the Mullaperiyar Dam to 142 feet, she said.

Rebutting the criticism of DMK Chief M Karunanidhi who claimed credit for ensuring the State won the Dam case and accused Ms

Jayalalithaa of not taking steps expeditiously to ensure the rights of the state on the issue were safeguarded, the Chief Minister said while the State Government headed by her has taken all steps to ensure implementation of the order, it was incumbent upon the Centre and the Kerala Government to appoint representatives to the three-member committee to supervise the operation to raise water level, as mandated by the Supreme Court.

The Tamil Nadu Government can do very little in the matter of appointment of the representatives to the panel by the Centre and Kerala Governments, she said.

She alleged Mr Karunanidhi, whose party was part of the UPA Government at the Centre, did nothing to solve inter-state water disputes and now he was trying to confuse people by distorting facts.

She appealed to him not to seek political gains in this matter which concerned the livelihood of the people of the southern region.

(Posted on 10-05-2014)