Kerala freezes order to fell trees at Mullaperiyar, officials to face action

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Thiruvananthapuram: Minister for forests A K Saseendran stated that the government has frozen the order allowing to fell trees near Baby Dam at Muallperiyar.

This was an unusual order and the officials were not supposed to take decision regarding this matter. Chief Forest Conservator made a grave mistake. Strict action will be initiated in connection with this, the minister made it clear.

The controversy erupted after permission was granted to cut 15 trees near Baby Dam at Mullaperiyar without informing the state government. Chief Forest Conservator granted the permission without informing the forest minister or the office of the chief minister.

Earlier, Saseendran pointed out that the Mullaperiyar dam and baby dams had been always subjected to political discussions. Hence, the decisions over the issue shall not be taken solely by the bureaucrats.

Tamil Nadu chief minister Stalin had informed through a tweet that Kerala gave permission to fell 15 trees downstream of the baby dam which is crucial to strengthen it.

TN minister of water resources Durai Murugan who visited the dam had asserted to increase the water level to 152 feet after strengthening the baby dam. However, Kerala’s permission is necessary to initiate the building works and three trees downstream have to be chopped for this, he said.

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