SC pulls up Tamil Nadu, Kerala over Mullaperiyar dam

December 14, 2011 by  
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Mullaperiyar dam

Mullaperiyar dam

Tamil Nadu, December 13, 2011: The Supreme Court today pulled up the Kerala and Tamil Nadu governments on the Mullaperiyar dam issue and asked them to maintain restraint in their statements.

“Both the parties instead of dousing the fire are adding fuel to it. There has to be sanity and sensitiveness,” a five-judge constitution bench, headed by Justice D K Jain, said.

The court asked Tamil Nadu to ensure that the water level in the dam does not exceed 136 feet but declined to entertain Kerala’s plea for reducing the level to 120 feet.

The Kerala government wanted the change because it alleges that leaks, tremors and the age of the 116-year-old dam make it vulnerable to collapse.

“Safety of the people is paramount, whether in Tamil Nadu or Kerala…this can’t be compromised,” said the judges.

It also asked the Centre to clarify its position on Tamil Nadu’s plea for deployment of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) to protect the dam from possible vandalism.

Tamil Nadu has in the Supreme Court accused Kerala government of manufacturing safety concerns to build public opinion against the dam.

The court today suggested it does not favor this “attempt to gag politicians.”

It also objected to ads released by Tamil Nadu that cite opinions and observations of different judges on the Mullaperiyar dispute.

The judges said the government should not use court proceedings for political gain.

– times of india/ndtv

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