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State moves apex court on Palar dam issue

J. Venkatesan

Petition seeks to restrain Andhra Pradesh from executing any such plan


  • The Centre has also been made a party to the suit filed on February 10
  • Palar an inter-State river mentioned in Schedule `A' appended to 1892 pact

    New Delhi: The Tamil Nadu Government has moved the Supreme Court seeking to restrain the Andhra Pradesh Government from executing any plan to build a dam across the Palar.

    The Centre has also been made a party to the suit filed on February 10. It will come up for hearing after notice is served on the parties.

    The petition stated that the Palar, flowing through the northern districts of Tamil Nadu, was the lifeline of people in the districts of Vellore, Kancheepuram and Chennai. It referred to media reports that Andhra Pradesh proposed to construct a dam with a storage capacity of 2000 mcft, and that the work would be taken up shortly. This had caused alarm and apprehension in Tamil Nadu. It pointed out that the river was deficit in water supply and received precious flow for a very short period and supported an ayacut of nearly one lakh acres in the northern districts of Tamil Nadu. The Palar, with its sand strata, was the only major source of drinking water supply to several towns and villages in the three districts.

    The petition contended that the Palar was an inter-State river mentioned in Schedule `A' appended to the 1892 agreement, which was still in force.

    It pointed out that as per Clause II of the agreement, the upstream State should not, without the consent of downstream Tamil Nadu, build any dam or structure to obstruct, divert or store the water of any of the 15 main rivers named in Schedule `A'.

    The agreement also stipulated that the Andhra Pradesh Government should seek the consent of Tamil Nadu if it wanted to construct a dam across the Palar.

    But it had not approached Tamil Nadu with any proposal or furnished information on the project as required.

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