Chennai: PMK founder S.Ramadoss said on Wednesday that Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.K. Stalin should not discuss the Mullaperiyar dam issue with his Kerala counterpart. Stalin should also focus on strengthening the Mullaperiyar baby dam and increasing the water storage level at the Mullaperiyar dam to 152 feet from the current 142 feet, according to Ramadoss.
The PMK leader claimed that the Kerala government is impeding Tamil Nadu's efforts to increase the dam's water storage levels because luxury cottages and bungalows belonging to celebrities would be flooded.
Ramadoss said that Kerala is attempting to prevent Tamil Nadu from obtaining Supreme Court approval to raise the water level. Kerala, he claims, delayed the case in the Supreme Court by seven years, citing the 2006 Chief Minister and Minister level talks between the two states. Ramadoss said Tamil Nadu should not accept any such invitation after Kerala's Minister for Power K. Krishnan Kutty said in the state Assembly that Chief Ministerial-level talks on building a dam are planned for December.
Kerala and Tamil Nadu have been at disputes over Mullaperiyar dam, built under an 1886 accord between the then Maharaja of Travancore and the erstwhile British Raj.