TN seeks Manmohans role in Mullaperiyar dam issue

New Delhi, Nov 27 | Updated: Nov 28 2006, 07:31am hrs
In order to pressurise the Centre to take a pro-Tamil Nadu stand on the ongoing tussle on Mullapperiyar dam, the UPA and the Left MPs from Tamil Nadu met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. The delegation, including Union ministers, asked the Prime Minister to intervene immediately in order to restrain Kerala from putting any hurdles in raising the water level of Mullaperiyar dam from 136 foot to 142 foot.

Raising the water level to 142 foot as ordered by the Supreme Court is necessary to irrigate about two lakh acres of land in the drought prone districts of Theni, Dindigul, Madurai, Sivaganga and Ramanathapuram, a memorandum given by the team said.

Two days ago Kerala MPs had also met Prime Minister and said that the State is ready to give water to Tamil Nadu, but they are concerned about the safety of the dam. However, Union ministers from Kerala AK Antony, Vayalar Ravi and E Ahmed did not accompany the delegation.