August 28, 2016
Chief Minister Jayalalithaa has sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s help to stop Kerala from building a dam on Siruvani River.
In a letter to the prime minister, she demanded the withdrawal of recommendations of the Centre’s Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) for conducting an Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) for a dam proposed by Kerala across the Siruvani river.
She said the EAC for River Valley and Hydroelectric Projects of the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, in its meeting on August 11 and 12, had recommended grant of Standard Terms of Reference for conducting an EIA to build a dam across the Siruvani at Attappady as part of the Attappady Valley Irrigation Project.
The EAC has decided to recommend this without obtaining the necessary comments of the Tamil Nadu government in contravention of its own decision at the meeting held on March 28 and 29, 2016.
The Siruvani river is a sub-tributary of the Cauvery, which is an inter-State river. The project will be in violation of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal’s (CWDT) final order.
Political parties, including DMK, MDMK and PMK strongly condemned the Centre’s move on the proposed Siruvani dam.