Leaders of PMK and MDMK want CM to meet PM on Palar issue
VELLORE: Leaders of PMK and MDMK have demanded that the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa lead a team comprising representatives of all political to meet the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to restore the riparian rights over Palar issue.
on Saturday Anbumani Ramadoss, MDMK leader Vaiko visited the check dam at Perumpallam in Kangundi panchayat of Chittoor district in Andhra Pradesh.
Anbumani condemned the AP government for violating the riparian rights of Tamil Nadu by constructing new check dams and raising the height of the existing check dams across Palar and its tributaries.
He said the state government should call for an all party meeting to explore the possibilities of resolving the Palar issue. "The CM should constitute a team to meet the PM and also her AP counterpart Chandrababu Naidu," said Anbumani.
Cautioning the TN, AP and central governments to resolve the issue before it snowballed into a law and order issue between the two neighbouring states, he said, "We will not hold a peaceful demonstration like this next time." He said that he would meet the Modi and Union minister Uma Bharathy regarding the issue.
AIADMK has 50 MPs in both houses of parliament. But they failed to raise the issue to create a political pressure against the AP government, he said and added that the DMK and AIADMK had failed to protect the rights of the people of the state in various inter-state issues in the last 50 years.
He claimed that the AP government had taken up works to construct check dams across the tributaries of Palar in seven places, apart from raising the height of five check dams across Palar in Kuppam Mandal. The construction works have been taken up violating the Mysore-Madras Agreement of 1892. The work was done when a case was pending in the Supreme Court in this regard, he said.
He added that AP had constructed 22 check dams in 33 kms of the riverbed in its jurisdiction and Karnataka had constructed 18 check dams in 93 km of the riverbed. However, only one check dam was constructed across the river in TN and it was constructed during Kamarajar's tenure as CM, he said.
Though Tamil Nadu received 922 mm rain, which was sufficient, the government failed to make best use of it. If the government invests Rs 30,000 crore to complete the pending 20 river linking projects like Thenpennai-Palar and irrigation projects, it would help irrigate 60 lakh hectares of land in the state, he said.