Angered by the Keralas refusal to allow Tamil Nadu engineers to carry out repairs at the Mullaiperiyar dam, Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Sunday urged the Prime Minister to immediately deploy the Central Industria

l Security Force ( CISF) at the site failing which the State police would move in.

” If the Government of Kerala persists with this recalcitrant attitude and if the Government of India does not respond to my request for the deployment of the CISF, the Government of Tamil Nadu will have no option but to deploy its own police force to guard the Mullaiperiyar dam in the area leased out to Tamil Nadu,” Jayalalithaa said in a demo- official letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. A copy of the letter was released to the media here.

The Chief Minister pointed out that the Supreme Court appointed Empowered Committee headed by Justice A S Anand to study the safety of the dam had ordered a series of tests to assess the structural stability of the dam. For this purpose vertical holes had to be drilled and the core extracted.

Since the tests have been completed, the holes have to be closed, in view of the approaching monsoon.

However, the Kerala Government has been preventing Tamil Nadu officials from closing these drilled holes, in spite of the clear directions given by the Empowered Committee. The Kerala Government had not responded to Tamil Nadus plea on the issue.

” The attempt of the Government of Kerala to prevent us from filling the drilled holes appears to be a ploy intended to ensure that the structural stability of the dam is weakened, especially in the light of the report of the Empowered Committee which has concluded that the dam is structurally, seismically and hydrologically safe and the water level could be raised to 142 ft,” Jayalalithaa charged.

J Jayalalithaa

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