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Jayalalithaa urges PM to stop Karnataka from building check dams on Pennaiyar river

File photo of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa.
File photo of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh urging him to advise the Karnataka government to stop forthwith the execution of any check dams or diversion structures across the Pennaiyar river.

The river originates in Karnataka and flows through the districts of Krishnagiri, Dharmapuri, Thiruvannamalai, Villupuram and Cuddalore in Tamil Nadu.
 
In her letter dated May 19, Ms Jayalalithaa said the river irrigates an ayacut of nearly four lakh acres.
 
"I understand that the Government of Karnataka has proposed to construct check dams and diversion structures across the Pennaiyar River which is causing great alarm and pprehension in Tamil Nadu.  Any attempt to withhold the flows by constructing check dams and diversion structures across the Pennaiyar River will be a serious breach of the existing Inter-State Agreement on this issue," she said.
 
She said this would also be a body blow to the farmers of Tamil Nadu besides affecting the basic drinking water supply position. 
 
"As you are aware, the Pennaiyar is an Inter-State River and is also one of the Rivers mentioned in Schedule ‘A’ annexed to  the Madras-Mysore Agreement of 1892.  As per clause-II of this Agreement, the upstream State should not, without the previous consent of the downstream Tamil Nadu State, build any new anicut or any structure to obstruct, divert or store the waters of the river across any part of the river," she said.
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Ms Jayalalithaa said the government of Karnataka had neither sought the consent of the government of Tamil Nadu. She said the Tamil Nadu government had taken up the matter with the Karnataka government and sought details of the schemes but had not received any response. The Tamil Nadu government had also urged the Karnataka government not to commence any work on the projects without its consent.
 
"I, therefore, request you to kindly intervene in this matter urgently and advise the Government of Karnataka to stop forthwith the execution of any check dams or diversion structures etc., across the Pennaiyar River," Ms Jayalalithaa added in her letter to the Prime Minister.
 
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