Friday, March 5, 2010

Rs 10 crore for new dam at Mullaperiyar

TPURAM: Noting that construction of a new dam across Mullaperiyar to replace the 113-year old existing structure was \"inevitable\", Kerala Government Friday earmarked Rs ten crore in its budget for 2010-11 for a detailed study of the project.

Presenting the budget, State Finance Minister T M Thomas Issac said considering the safety and interest of the people of Kerala, it was inevitable to construct a new dam which will also ensure sufficient water to Tamil Nadu.

\"For the detailed study of the dam, Rs 10 crore is being set apart,\" Issac said.

Kerala is locked in a bitter tussle with Tamil Nadu over the dam located in Idduki District. Though located in Kerala, the dam caters to the irrigation and drinking water needs of Tamil Nadu and is under its control.

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