VELLORE: When the Tamil Nadu government has come to a standstill following a stand-off between the power centres within the ruling AIADMK in capturing the government, the neighbouring Andhra Pradesh government has taken up a series of construction works to build new check dams and raise the height of the existing check dams across Palar.
Though the TN government had filed a case against the AP government's construction activities, which is a gross violation of Mysore-Madras Agreement 1892, in the Supreme Court, it failed to pursue the legal courses to win back the riparian rights of the farmers of Tamil Nadu.
The lethargic attitude of the state government has given a free hand for the AP government to take up a series of construction activities across the Palar river, which is the lifeline of the northern districts of Tamil Nadu.
Sources claimed that the AP government had taken up construction works to increase heights of the check dams in at least seven places in Sivaramapuram, Palaru, Kollamaduvu, Giddegaanipenta, Nayanur, Pokkilrev and Shanthipuram. The height of the check dams have been raised up to eight to 10 feet. The construction works has been completed at Sivaramapuram and Shanthipuram.
It has also constructed a huge check dam across the Palar deep inside the forest, which was about 5km from Kothapalli Nullugunda in Chittoor district. "The AP government has turned a masonry check dam into a concrete structure to store 2 to 3 TMC water. The structure stood at 50 feet tall and 200 feet length. It can store water up to three kms of the upstream of the river," claimed A C Venkatesan of Palar Pathukappu Sangam.
He raised the issue during the farmers' grievance day meeting held at collectorate on Friday. Responding to this, the officials of PWD said the check dam works were carried out across China Eru, a tributary of the Palar, which located seven kms in the upstream of the Palar from the inter-state border at Perumpallam near Vaniyambadi.