Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa has asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to get Kerala to allow repairs at the Mullaperiyar dam site.
On Sunday, in a letter to the PM, she said the core structure of the dam has holes which need to be filled up.
The holes had been drilled to conduct a series of tests ordered by the Supreme Court-appointed Empowered Committee, which was studying the safety aspects of the dam. But after the tests, the holes had to be closed before the onset of monsoon to prevent damage to the dam. The Empowered Committee has given clear directions in this regard.
But the Kerala government, Jayalalithaa wrote, is using its police to prevent Tamil Nadu engineers from carrying out the much-needed repairs.
This, she added, was “nothing but a ploy to ensure that the structural stability of the dam is weakened, especially in the light of the Empowered Committee’s report that the dam is structurally, seismically and hydrologically safe and the water level could be raised to 142 ft”.
“This attitude of the government of Kerala is reprehensible and needs to be set right,” she wrote.
Reminding the PM of her request for deployment of CISF personnel at the dam site, Jayalalithaa wrote if the Centre failed in this regard, “the TN government will have no option but to deploy its own police force to guard the dam”.