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Mullaiperiyar akin to Chinese dam on Brahmaputra: Jaya
Published on 18 Oct. 2009 10:42 PM IST
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Equating the Mullaperiyar dam being built by Kerala with the building of a dam across the Brahmaputra by the Chinese within their territory, AIADMK general secretary J.Jayalalithaa Sunday said if the Indian government could oppose the Chinese project, then Tamil Nadu also had a right to object to Kerala’s project. Noting India is objecting to China building a dam on the Brahmaputra in their country on the grounds that this would affect the ecology of several states here, she said: “When one nation can object to the actions of another in the matter of river water sharing, does not Tamil Nadu have valid grounds to push its case through vis-?is a neighbouring state.” “Are not both Kerala and Tamil Nadu states of the Indian Union? Do the Prime Minister and the Union Minister of State for Forests and Environment have different yardsticks while dealing with identical issues concerning the Indian nation and Tamil Nadu state,” she said, according to a statement released here. Jayalalithaa claimed that the construction of a new dam across the Mullaiperiyar in Kerala would practically result in cutting off the main source of water for five districts of Tamil Nadu. She said Kerala is going ahead with surveying lands for construction of a new dam which would be against the interests of the people of Tamil Nadu. “90 per cent of this survey work is complete. The balance will be completed in hardly two months. The minister concerned in Kerala has also said on record that the construction of the new dam will be completed in less than a year after the sanction is given,” Jayalalithaa said. , demanding the DMK pull out of the central government immediately on the issue.

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