Ownership of four dams rests with Kerala, says Union minister
NEW DELHI: Union Minister for Water Resources Uma
Bharati has said that the four dams in Kerala on which the Tamil Nadu had
raised claim of ownership belonged to Kerala only. However, the responsibility
to conduct their functioning and their repair works belonged to Tamil Nadu, Uma
Bharati stated. She was answering a question raised by CN Jayadevan.
Based on the information given by the Tamil Nadu
government the four dams were marked in the National Register of Large Dams
(NRLD) as belonging to the state of Tamil Nadu.
When it was discovered that they actually belonged to
Kerala the dams were moved to the list of Kerala's dams, Uma Bharati said.
However, it has been marked in the register that the repair works on these dams
are conducted by Tamil Nadu.
Earlier, there were reports that the four dams,
namely, Mullaperiyar, Thunakkadav, Parambikkulam and Peruvarippalam were owned
by Tamil Nadu. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, J Jayalalithaa had also reaffirmed
her state’s ownership of these four dams, which are situated in Kerala.
In 2009, it was mentioned in the national register
that these four dams were under the ownership of the neighbouring state.