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Storage in Mullaperiyar will soon be 142 ft: Jaya

Storage in Mullaperiyar will soon be 142 ft: Jaya
Assailing DMK chief M Karunanidhi for his remarks over Mullaperiyar issue, Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa on Wednesday said the storage in the dam will soon be increased to 142 feet as per Supreme Court orders and accused him of issuing statements that are tantamount to ‘instigating’ Kerala.

In a statement here, she asserted that it was due to the ‘efficient government’ headed by her that Tamil Nadu got justice in the case involving Kerala in the apex court. She said Karunanidhi had said that Kerala had moved the apex court seeking review of its 7 May orders allowing Tamil Nadu to raise the water level and a stay on functioning of a Supervisory Committee set up to implement the order and wanted to know the stance of her government. ‘Kerala’s review petition filed on 30 June does not seek a stay... Kerala has not filed any petition seeking stay on the meetings of the Supervisory Committee till such time its review plea was heard and disposed,’ she noted.

Maintaining that this was the factual position, Jayalalithaa said, ‘The people of Tamil Nadu will not forgive Karunanidhi for issuing a statement which is tantamount to instigating Kerala to file such a petition.’ She also said as soon as Centre notified the Supervisory Committee complying with the court verdict, Tamil Nadu asked the union government to call a meeting of the panel so as to implement the order allowing increasing storage to 142 ft. Accordingly, the first meeting of the panel was held on Tuesday at Tiruvananthapuram and the next meeting slated for 17 July. ‘Karunanidhi is betraying the people of Tamil Nadu,’ she said, asking him to stop issuing such statements.

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