Idukki: Tamil Nadu minister for water resources Durai Murugan has informed that the water level of Mullaperiyar dam will be increased to 152 ft. He was addressing the media while visiting the dam here on Friday.
Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu also dismissed Kerala’s demand to construct a new dam.
“The baby dam will be strengthened before increasing the water level to 152 ft. But we need the Kerala government’s permission to strengthen the baby dam. Three trees under the baby dam should be cut down for starting the work at the baby dam,” said the TN minister.
"When we discussed the matter with the Kerala government, they informed that forest department should decide on it. But the forest department informed that the matter comes under the reserve forest department. Hence, it should be examined in detail. The baby dam will be renovated once these hurdles are cleared. Later, the water level will be increased to 152 ft," added the minister.
He also took a dig at former Chief Ministers O Paneerselvam and opposition leader Edappadi Palaniswami over Mullaperiyar row.
He pointed out that no minister in Tamil Nadu visited Mullaperiyar dam in the last 10 years.
The minister for water resources has issued the statement when AIADMK, the main opposition announced a protest on November 9 to condemn the DMK government’s stance on the Mullaperiyar issue.
Asked about Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan's statement that the dam was 'strong' but Kerala would hold talks with Tamil Nadu for a new structure and if the state was okay with it, the minister said he had "great respect" for the Kerala CM.
"I know him personally for a long time. He is a honest, cordial chief minister. I think this issue will end only during his time," Duraimurugan added.
The Minister was accompanied by his cabinet colleague I Periasamy and PWD Additional Chief Secretary Sandeep Saxena, among others.