As Kerala froze its order permitting felling of bushes in Mullaperiyar neighborhood amid political ripples, the Tamil Nadu authorities on Tuesday launched a duplicate of that directive which mentioned the permission was following an officer’s suggestion and in accordance with a pact between the 2 states.
It has additionally emerged that whereas Tamil Nadu sought a nod for the removing of 23 bushes, permission was granted for clearing 15, which was additionally later frozen. The order signifies that high Kerala authorities had been within the loop in respect of the choice to permit TN to chop bushes.
The TN authorities launched a duplicate of the ”Proceedings of the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) and Chief Wildlife Warden, Kerala,” giving an order permitting Tamil Nadu to fell 15 bushes.
The proceedings, dated November 5, 2021, consult with TN’s plea to take away 23 bushes downstream of Baby Dam and widen the bottom of the prevailing Baby Dam and earthen bund to strengthen the construction on the Mullaperiyar Dam web site.
A request was additionally made for the removing of shrubs and bushes in an space of 0.25 Ha (hectare) out of the leased space to TN as a part of the Baby Dam strengthening.
Citing such references, the order mentioned the Deputy Director, Periyar Tiger Reserve East Division advisable the removing of 15 bushes inside an approximate space of 40 cents falling throughout the leased space of Tamil Nadu on the Mullaperiyar Dam web site.
”As per Clause 5 of the Principal Deed, the Lessee, Tamil Nadu is permitted to fell the bushes, underwoods, and saplings throughout the leased areas for the upkeep works.” ”The forest produces to be obtained on felling of the bushes are neither meant for use or to be eliminated outdoors the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary by the Dam Authorities.” The order of Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) Bennichan Thomas, allowing the Executive Engineer of Water Resources Department, Cumbum, Tamil Nadu additionally identifies the species of 15 bushes and its specs in an annexure which are allowed to be eliminated.
Additional, the order mentioned the Deputy Director, Periyar Tiger Reserve, East Division would obtain the timber and firewood from the dam authorities (Tamil Nadu) and use the identical for the formation of brushwood gully plugging / brushwood verify dam at appropriate close by places outdoors the leased space.
Following Bennichan Thomas’s order, Deputy Director (Challenge Tiger) Periyar East Division, Thekkady, A P Sunil Babu on November 6 intimated the Tamil Nadu official, J Sam Erwin (Govt Engineer, WRD, Periyar Dam Special Division, Cumbum in Theni District) that permission is granted for reducing 15 bushes.
On Monday, the Kerala Meeting witnessed noisy scenes over the Left authorities’s order granting permission to Tamil Nadu for felling 15 bushes because the opposition UDF demanded a judicial probe into the difficulty and staged a walkout.
On November 7, the Kerala authorities froze the order granting permission to Tamil Nadu for felling 15 bushes and determined to take motion in opposition to officers who had issued it, a day after TN Chief Minister M K Stalin thanked his counterpart Pinarayi Vijayan for permitting removing of bushes.
The Mullaperiyar dam in Kerala was constructed throughout the Periyar River following the Periyar lake lease settlement between Travancore and the Secretary of State for India in 1886. The lease interval is 999 years.
The dam’s development took eight years, confronted a number of challenges, and was accomplished in 1895.
The water provide from the dam, which is owned and operated by the Tamil Nadu authorities, serves because the lifeline of individuals in southern TN.
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