Accusing neighbouring Kerala of using its police to prevent Tamil Nadu engineers from carrying out even the routine maintenance work at the contentious Mullaperiyar dam site,Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has told the Centre that if it does not act on her request on deploying CISF personnel at the site,the state would be forced to station its own police force to guard the area that has been leased out to Tamil Nadu.
In a letter to the Prime Minister on Sunday,Jaya said the Kerala government was being reprehensible and recalcitrant in preventing the engineers from Tamil Nadu from undertaking necessary works on the dam. This attitude of the Government of Kerala… needs to be set right, she wrote.
A Supreme Court-appointed empowered committee headed by former Chief Justice of India A S Anand had ordered a series of tests to assess the structural stability of the dam including the core stability test for which vertical holes had to be drilled and the core extracted. Now,with the monsoon fast approaching,the holes have to be closed,she pointed out.
However,the Government of Kerala has been preventing the officials of Tamil Nadu from closing these drilled holes in spite of the clear directions given by the Empowered Committee to close the holes. The Government of Tamil Nadu has also taken up the matter with the Government of Kerala but to no avail.
If the Government of Kerala persists with this recalcitrant attitude and if the Government of India does not respond to my request for the deployment of CISF personnel,the Government of Tamil Nadu will have no option but to deploy its own police force to guard the Mullaperiyar dam in the area leased out to Tamil Nadu, Jaya warned.