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New dam virtually impossible, states affidavit

New Delhi: The Mullaperiyar dam is safe to hold water up to a reservoir level of 142 ft and all medium and long term strengthening measures necessary to hold water up to this level have been carried out, the Tamil Nadu government stated in an affidavit filed before the Supreme Court on Wednesday.

Bangalore: The High Court on Thursday ordered issue of notices to the Irrigation Department officials for violating the court order to peg the leakage of canal of Kestur Post in Maddur taluk. The petitioner, K Madhegowda, who filed the civil contempt petition stated that the court direction dated April 8, 2005 to repair the leakage of the canal is yet to be complied with.

NEW DELHI: The Tamil Nadu government has rejected the conclusion of a recent study made by a two-member Delhi IIT team that the Mullaperiyar dam bordering Kerala and Tamil Nadu is

Both the reports of the Delhi IIT and the Roorkee IIT to be placed before apex court Rs. 1.31 crore sanctioned towards engineering investigations for building new dam THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The report on a study on probable maximum flood conditions at Mullaperiyar, released by the Delhi IIT recently, doubly reiterated the need for replacing the 108-year-old dam located there, said Kerala Minister for Water Resources N.K. Premachandran.

In India, there are about 30000 dams with large 4050 large dams as per National Register of Large Dams - 2002. Emergency Action Plans (EAPs)/Disaster Management) Plan (DMPs) are, however, not available for most of the completed large dams. The National Water Policy, 2002, recognizing this deficiency, has stressed for preparation of EAP/DMP for all large dams.

Himanshu Kaushik | TNN Viramgam: Residents of Kajipura village of Viramgam taluka are a scared lot since the last 10 days. Ever since they came to know how the swirling waters of Narmada flooded Sujatpura village near Kadi on June 12 due to a breach in the main canal, they are reminded of several breakage in the Saurashtra main canal that passes near their village.

Gargi Parsai NEW DELHI: Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) leader Medha Patkar on Saturday said here that the Gujarat government should accept responsibility for the breach

With several irrigation projects in the state falling in the moderate seismic zone, the state government will conduct tests to ascertain their structural safety. The Chief Minister, Dr Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy, has already taken a decision on the issue, following the recent earthquake in China, which the scientists attributed to the Three Gorges project.

The Citizens Concern for Dams and Development (CCDD) has expressed apprehension that the Thoubal dam, now 60 per cent complete, was not safe as a big crack could be seen near the spillway. It also appealed to Manipur Irrigation and Flood Control Department (IFCD) Minister Nongthongbam Biren to look into the matter. The minister assured the organisation of looking into the matter and ensuring safe construction of the dam.

The police tried to stop anguished relatives from streaming into one of the worst affected areas of China's massive earthquake on Sunday, as another strong aftershock hit the area and the death toll rose to nearly 32,500. Hundreds of aftershocks have rattled Sichuan province following last Monday's devastating 7.9 magnitude quake, and officials are concerned the tremors could bring down more unstable buildings and rupture already leaky dams. Six days after the main quake hit, the overall death toll stands at nearly 32,500, state news agency Xinhua reported, with a further 220,000 injured.