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DMK Govt Trying To Cheat People On Mullaperiyar Issue: Jaya

PTI 06 Jan 2010, 19:27:58 IST
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AIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa on Wednesday  described as an "attempt to cheat people" the ruling DMK government's announcement that it will take steps to prevent Kerala from constructing a new dam in place of the existing Mullaperiar Dam, and charged it with not addressing other important inter-state water disputes like Cauvery and Palar. 

"Despite being in power at the state and Centre (as part of the Congress-led UPA), the DMK has said that it will urge the Union Government to prevent the efforts by Kerala Government to construct an unnecessary new dam. This is an attempt to cheat the people," she said in a statement in Chennai. 

Tamil Nadu Governor S S Barnala, in his address to the Assembly, today said efforts will be taken to urge the Union Government to enable increasing the maximum level of storage of existing dam across the Mullaperiyar river in accordance with the Supreme Court judgment and to prevent the efforts by Kerala Government to construct an unnecessary new dam. 

"The absence of issues like Cauvery or Palar (across which Andhra Pradesh proposes to construct a check dam) in the Governor's Address makes one wonder whether the government has decided that nothing can be done on these issues," she said. 

Despite the government's assurances, power cut in the state continued, she alleged adding no measures were announced to control price rise and inflation. PTI