‘Ask it not to venture upon the construction of a new dam'

Ms. Jayalalithaa said Dr. Singh should advise Kerala not to venture upon the construction of a new dam, since the retrofitted dam was safe and functioning well. Besides asking for the deployment of the Central Industrial Security Force and removal of all encroachments in the leased area, she said the Prime Minister should order the National Disaster Management Authority to withdraw its notification forming a team of experts to prepare a contingency response plan.

The rising tension, passion and stray incidents of violence in Kerala and Tamil Nadu over the Mullaperiyar dam have once again brought the focus on water conflicts in the country, control over natural resources of the communities and on the safety of
dam. (Letters)

IDUKKI (Kerala), 23 DEC: Technical experts on the Supreme Court-appointed empowered committee on Mullaperiyar Dam issue today began their visit of dams in Idukki district and adjoining areas to pro

The Mullaperiyar dispute calls for creative political intervention and water management solutions

Concerned over developments in Tamil Nadu and Kerala over Mullaperiyar Dam row, Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday asked people of both the States to maintain peace and tranquillity till

Says it amounts to “succumbing to subterfuge” of Kerala government

C.D. Thatte and D.K. Mehta are likely to submit report on December 26

Two technical members of the Empowered Committee — C.D. Thatte, former Secretary to the Ministry of Water Resources, and D.K. Mehta, retired Chief Engineer, Central Water Commission — will inspect the Mullaperiyar and Idukki dams from December 22 to 24.

Says related issues can be discussed

With passions reaching fever pitch between Kerala and Tamil Nadu over the decommissioning of the century-old Mullaperiyar dam, experts are asking whether dams do collapse in India?

Three dams have collapsed in Andhra Pradesh in the last five years. These include the Subbaraya Sagar in East Godavari in 2010, the Palamvagu Dam in Khammam in August 2008 and the Gundlavagu Dam in Warangal district in 2006.

Mr R.Chidambaram, principal scientific advisor to the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, dodged questions on the safety of the Mullaperiyar dam on Monday even while vociferously defending the Koodankulam nuclear power project.

Mr Chidambaram, who visited the Amritanandamayi Ashram at Vallikkavu here, became restless when questioned whether emerging wireless technologies would be of any help in sending out an early warning in case the Mullaperiyar dam breaches.