Monday, December 29, 2008

Inter-State Water Disputes-The Mullapperiyar dispute

Interstate water issues - It is clear that the makers of the Indian Constitution could not foresee that this class of interstate conflicts could take on such dimensions as we see in the case of Mullaperiyar. However the tribunal set up as suggested by the Interstate dispute Act, 1956 is perhaps the only solution.
Now as an independent research worker, it is most welcome to study the issue in some depth and try to organise our own opinion on the topic with due respect to the honourable courts which are examining the problem.
In this backdrop, the following may be some hints to proceed with the discussion on the issue.
What you think about the whole issue? How the Kerala states should approach it? Can you suggest any change of course? Any legal instruments needed? What to you think about the existing Kerala Irrigation and Water Conservation Act (2003)? Read the concerned provisions in the Act and comment...

CM at New Delhi with Union Minister for water resources Prof.
Saifuddin Soz and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister
M. Karunanidhi during discussion on Mullapperiyar issue


Muralee Thummarukudy said...

As an observer of the Mullaperiyar dispute and not really an expert on the topic, I had felt the following about the dispute.

1. I don't think our technical experts and political system seriously beleive that there is a serious danger of the dam bursting. If this was indeed the case, the technical experts would have adviced for a moratorium on the construction of buildings close to the river banks which will be impacted in the event of a disaster.

2. I think most studies on the issue are biases. Kerala experts always tend to agree with the Kerala Govts position and TN experts on that of TN

3. I have often wondered if one were to calculate the embedded water in the various products we import from TN (eg, Vegetables, fruits etc), are we net importer or exporter of water to TN ?

kerala-dams said...

If this old dam bursts it is predicted a total wipe out of multiple districts of Kerala into the Arabian sea. Hope the dam withstand with the snail race legal procedures going on now.