September 2, 2016
Chennai: The Tamil Nadu Assembly on Friday unanimously passed a resolution brought by Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa, urging the Central government not to give nod to Kerala to construct dam across the Siruvani river.
Reading out the resolution, Jayalalithaa said the Centre should not allow Kerala and Karnataka to go ahead with projects concerning inter-State issues without its permission, till the Cauvery Management Board and the Cauvery Water Regulation Committee come into force and judicial references are finally settled.
While Kerala is planning to build dam across Siruvani, Karnataka is planning one in Mekedatu across Cauvery. The resolution was passed unanimously and all parties, including the DMK, supported it.
Recalling the various steps taken by her government to protect the State’s rights, she said letters have been written to the Centre and petitions have been filed in the Supreme Court.
Today’s resolution comes just days after Jayalalithaa wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urging him not to accord any clearance to the projects in the Cauvery Basin of Kerala and Karnataka. She sought his intervention to withdraw the recommendations made by an expert committee of Union Ministry of Environment for a study on the proposal of Kerala government to build a dam across the Siruvani river.
“The Committee has decided to recommend this without obtaining the necessary comments of the Government of Tamil Nadu in contravention of its own decision in the meeting held on March 28 and 29, 2016,” she said.
Stating that Siruvani was a sub-tributary of Cauvery which is an inter-State river, she said, “as early as on 21 June 2012, I had written to the then Prime Minister to advice the Government of Kerala not to proceed with the Scheme of building a dam of 4.5 tmcft across river Siruvani for the Attappady Valley Irrigation Project in violation of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal’s Final Order.”
She had also requested that the Central Water Commission may be advised not to accord technical clearance for Kerala’s proposal of building the Dam on the river Siruvani. Subsequently, the Tamil Nadu Government has written several times both to the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India, and to the Government of Kerala strongly objecting to the proposed project, Jayalalithaa added.