Reference to the Supreme Court on the Mullaperiyar Dam U/A 143

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The Assembly adjured the President to make a reference to the Supreme Court on the Mullaperiyar Dam issue, under Article 143 of the Indian constitution, citing catastrophic damage of a dam failure. This was initiated by Leader of the Opposition V.S. Achuthanandan.

The Chief Minister of Kerala, Oomen Chandy moved the motion stating that the solution of this 119 year old dam was construction of a new dam, ensuring safety of people and supply of water to the people of Tamil Nadu. In 1979, Kerala and Tamil Nadu had jointly identified a site for the new dam. The Central government should work to reach an area of understanding between the two states for the construction of dam.

He reiterated that if the reservoir level raises, it would result in the destruction of forests, wildlife, and rare flora in the adjoining areas of the reservoir. The Centre also must ensure that the laws for protection of forests, wildlife, and environment were strictly followed.


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