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State writes to Centre on survey issue

Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: The State government on Tuesday formally took up with the Centre the Mullaperiyar dam survey issue, with Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi and Chief Secretary K.S. Sripathi writing to Union Minister of State and Secretary for Environment and Forest Jairam Ramesh and Vijai Sharma respectively.

A senior government official said the Chief Minister, in his letter, mentioned that the matter was sub judice.

Tamil Nadu should be consulted before giving any clearance for a survey to be undertaken for a new dam.

Mr. Sripathi’s communication was also on the same lines, the official said.

Copy of the agenda

The government had got a copy of the agenda notes for the meeting of the Standing Committee on Wildlife last week.

One of the items was titled as survey for a new dam at Mullaperiyar, the official added.

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