All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) announced on Tuesday that it will hold a protest in five districts of Tamil Nadu on November 9 to condemn DMK’s decision on the storage and release of water at the Mullaperiyar Dam.
The party accused leader Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) of succumbing to Kerala constraints and failing to store water up to the permitted level of 142 feet in the dam.
A joint statement released by AIADMK leaders O Panneerselvam and Edappadi Palaniswami said the efforts of the late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa had led the Supreme Court to issue a judgment allowing water storage for up to a 142 foot level in the dam in 2017, and after maintenance and reinforcement work, water could be stored up to 152 feet. The AIADMK said the DMK released water when it was only at the 138-foot level.
“The dam is under the control of Tamil Nadu. We would like to remind the seasoned political minister (for water resources) S Duraimurugan that lifting the shutters in the presence of the ministers of Kerala, as we can see, amounts to questioning the rights of Tamil Nadu ”, indicates the press release of the AIADMK. “The indifference of the DMK to the order (of the Supreme Court) is reprehensible.”
The party is said to hold protests at the headquarters of Madurai, Theni, Dindigul, Sivaganga and Ramanathapuram. Stating that the Mullaperiyar Dam is crucial for the economy, irrigation needs and livelihoods of farmers in these districts, AIADMK said the DMK is reckless towards these people. The irrigation and drinking water needs of the tail districts of Sivaganga and Ramanathapuram could only be met if water is stored up to 152 feet, they added.
Tamil Nadu’s water resources department said last Friday that two valves at the Mullaperiyar Dam spillway were opened to release 500 cusecs of water as rains continue to hammer watersheds. This is done strictly according to the rule curve approved by the central water commission, according to the department’s statement, adding that Tamil Nadu is drawing water through the tunnel to the Vaigai dam continuously to maintain the water level (AT?). Last Wednesday, Stalin said the state was withdrawing the maximum amount of water from the Mullaperiyar Dam, as requested by Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. Stalin was responding to Vijayan’s letter received on October 24, in which he called for a gradual release of water from the dam through the tunnel to Tamil Nadu, fearing that water would accumulate in the dam as the rains. are intensifying in Kerala.
Earlier in June, Duraimurugan said the government of Tamil Nadu had asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to task the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change to advise Kerala not to delay in giving the required permits for carry out the work and restore the water level in the Mullaperiyar dam to the full reservoir level (FRL) of 152 ft.