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May 20th, 2012
CM seeks PM intervention on Pennaiyar River…

Taking on Karnataka over yet another river issue, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa today accused the State of planning to build check dams across Pennaiyar River and sought the intervention of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to advise it against going ahead with the work.

A day after raising the Cauvery water sharing issue and seeking his intervention, Ms. Jayalalithaa shot off another letter to the Prime Minister stating that Karnataka’s proposal to construct check dams and diversion structures across Pennaiyar was “causing great alarm and apprehension in Tamil Nadu”.

She said the river, flowing through Krishnagiri, Dharmapuri, Thiruvannamalai, Villupuram and Cuddalore, was the “lifeline” of the people in these districts.

“Any attempt to withhold the flows by constructing check dams and diversion structures across the Pennaiyar River will be a serious breach of the existing Inter-State Agreement on this issue,” she said.