CM protests Dam Safety Bill, urges Modi to withdraw it

CM protests Dam Safety Bill, urges Modi to withdraw it

Expressing Tamil Nadu government’s protest to the Dam Safety Bill introduced in Lok Sabha Friday, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Friday sought the intervention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and demanded its withdrawal till Tamil Nadu’s genuine concerns were
addressed.

In a letter to the PM, copies of which were released to the media, he said the serious concerns of Tamil Nadu have not been addressed at all by the Centre and a Bill has now been introduced in the Lok Sabha without considering the views, comments of the State Governments.

The CM recalled the June 15 letter written to him and the resolution passed in the Assembly in this regard, he said he had urged Mr Modi not to legislate an Act on Dam Safety till such time all the States were consulted and consensus was evolved.

“Tamil Nadu’s main concerns were that the Ist proviso under Section 23(1) of the Dam Safety Bill, 2018, specifies that where the specified Dam in one State was owned by another State, then the National Dam Safety Authority would act as the State Dam Safety Organization for that particular dam.

This implies that the dam owning State would have no rights over the safety and maintenance of the dam located in another State,” he said.

Palaniswami pointed out that Tamil Nadu’s Mullaiperiyar, Parambikulam, Thunakkadavu and Peruvaripallam dams were owned, operated and maintained by the Tamil Nadu Government by virtue of Inter State Agreements, but were located in a neighbouring State.

Stating that the Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court had upheld Tamil Nadu’s rights on Mullaiperiyar Dam in the judgment and decree dated May 7, 2014, he added: “Therefore, to deny Tamil Nadu the right to be the Dam Safety Authority with regard to these four dams and vesting the powers to the National Dam Safety Authority would tantamount to encroaching on the rights of Tamil Nadu which is unconstitutional.”