Tamil Nadu Government on Wednesday The Tamil Wednesday announced its decision to send a representative to the Supreme Court-appointed committee on the Mullaperiyar row. Former SC judge Justice AR Lakshmanan has been chosen as the state's envoy to the five-member empowered committee.

Clearing the roadblocks for an amicable resolution of water dispute between Tamil Nadu and Kerala over the century-old Mullaperiyar Dam, the Supreme Court on Monday refused to entertain objections raised by the Tamil Nadu Government on allowing an expert committee to decide the issue of safety of the dam.

The Tamil Nadu Government on Friday resolved to be firm on the Mullaperiyar issue. Presenting Budget 2010-11 at the new Assembly Complex, State Finance Minister K Anbazhagan said his Government had filed an interlocutory petition before the Supreme Court.

FORMER chief justice of India Justice A S Anand will head a five-member committee to examine the safety of the Mullaperiyar dam. A five-judge Constitution bench comprising Justice D K Jain, Justice B Sudershan Reddy, Justice M K Sharma, Justice R M Lodha and Justice Deepak Verma asked the empowered committee to submit its report within six months.

A five-member Empowered Committee headed by a retired Supreme Court judge will now decide whether the height of the century-old Mullaperiyar Dam, supplying water to Kerala and Tamil Nadu, should be raised. The matter has been the bone of contention between the two States.

In a clever move aimed at defeating Tamil Nadu

Mathew A Thomas | ENS

ANNOUNCEMENT of fresh leakages due to rising water level in Mullai- periyar dam by some Kerala officials has cleared the ground for Tamil Nadu to conduct maintenance work on the dam.

The water levels in the Mullaiperiyar dam reached 133 ft on Thursday.

The long-standing water dispute between the States of Tamil Nadu and Kerala on raising the height of the century-old Mullaperiyar dam got prolonged on Tuesday after the Supreme Court referred the matter to a Constitution Bench.

The AIADMK general secretary J Jayalalithaa on Wednesday accused the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi of ignoring the Mullaperiyar dam issue. She also demanded an explanation why Tamil Nadu was not properly represented at the crucial meeting of September 16, presided over by the Union Minister of State for Forest and Environment Jairam Ramesh.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi on Thursday dashed of a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh urging him to direct the Union Minister of State for Environment and Forest to withdraw the approval to Kerala to conduct a survey for a new dam across the inter-state Mullaperiyar river.