Centre puts on hold Kerala’s plan to construct dam across Siruvani

Centre puts on hold Kerala’s plan to construct dam across Siruvani

The central government has conveyed to the Tamil Nadu government its decision to keep the recommendations of an expert panel to construct a dam in the Siruvani river in Kerala.

“The matter has been examined in the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and it has been decided to keep the recommendations by Expert Appraisal Committee, in abeyance, till the references filed in Supreme Court against the order of Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal are settled or get a positive consent for the ensuing Project from Government of Tamil Nadu,” a communication from the Centre to Tamil Nadu government said.

Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has been taking up this issue time and again with the successive governments at the Centre since 2012, said a statement from the Tamil Nadu government today.

The expert appraisal committee of the ministry at its 96th meeting on August 11 and 12 recommended to the ministry for the grant of standard terms of reference for conducting environment impact assessment (EIA) study of the Attappady Valley Irrigation Project by the Kerala government.

Incidentally, the panel in its 92nd meeting held in March last, said the proposal would be considered only after Kerala obtained the comments of the Tamil Nadu government.

Listing out various steps taken by the state government and the letters written by the Chief Minister and the Chief Secretary to the Prime Minister and the Centre, the release said the State Assembly had adopted an unanimous resolution urging the Centre to reject the EAC recommendations allowing Kerala to conduct EIA study for a new dam at Attappady, and not to allow any projects by Karnataka and Kerala till the Cauvery Management Board and the Cauvery Water Regulation Committee comes into force and judicial references were finally settled.