CM visits Mukkombu, announces new dams, rejects Kerala's claim

CM visits Mukkombu, announces new dams, rejects Kerala’s claim

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami today inspected the regulator across the Coleroon river at Mukkombu (Upper Anicut) that was washed away on Wednesday evening.

Speaking to reporters, he announced that a new regulator would be built at a cost of Rs 410 crore across the Coleroon river about 100 metres away from the regulator that had collapsed at Upper Anicut.

Stating that the work would commence soon, the CM said it would be completed within 15 months of the commencement of work.

He inspected the washed away portion of regulator. A considerable quantum of water was flowing through the damaged regulator. Palaniswami added that the damaged portion would be plugged in completely within four days.

He said due to the heavy discharge and pressure of water in the Cauvery, the shutters from 6 to 14 were washed away on two consecutive days. The dam has 45 shutters.

The Chief Minister, accompanied by ministers Duraikannu, Kamaraj, and Vellamandi Natarajan, and Valarmathi, said immediate repair work on the nine broken shutters would be completed in four days.

He dismissed the Kerala government’s allegation in the Supreme Court that sudden release of water from Mullaperiyar Dam by Tamil Nadu had led to flooding in the neighbouring state.

On the claim, he said the floods in Kerala was caused by very heavy rain and surplus flows from various dams in different parts of the neighbouring state