The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa claimed about the ` culpable behavior of the Kerala over the Mullai Periyar Dam, which has been the bone of contention between the 2 states. The CM mentioned about the blameworthy callous behavior of the neighboring state in her letter to the Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh. She went on to explain that the dam in controversy belonged to both the states and as per agreement engineers from the state travel to inspect the dam and perform maintenance work. However in the recent times they were not allowed to enter the dam premises by the Kerala police who were guarding the area.
Ms Jayalalithaa said that vertical holes were drilled as part of the core stability test ordered by the Empowered Committee to study the safety aspects of the century-old dam. She has demanded that the drilled holes in the dam must be covered before the onset of the monsoon to prevent any damage to the structure. Stating that her request for the deployment of personnel from the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) at the contentious site had not been acted upon, Ms Jayalalithaa said that the Tamil Nadu Police would have to move in to protect the area and ensure that the holes were covered if the Centre didn't act.
Though such issues were predominant, the obstruction has been severe after the Supreme Court verdict that the dam was safe. The verdict actually favored the Tamil Nadu side argument which stated that the Dam was in a good condition. However the Kerala part of the argument is that the dam is too old and the area is earth quake pruned. In case of any such eventuality then a part of Kerala would be washed out and hence sought permission to demolish the old dam and construct a new one. (With Inputs from Internet- Aarkay)