With Tamil Nadu Government failing to respond to “several letters” sent by the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests and the Kerala Government regarding the latter’s proposal to build a gravity dam across the Siruvani River, the Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) for River Valley and Hydroelectric Projects has recommended grant of standard Terms of Reference (ToR) for the project. The proposal to build the gravity dam—called Attapady Valley Irrigation Project—was discussed by the EAC in a meeting in March this year. The Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) for River Valley and Hydroelectric Projects, which has recommended grant of standard Terms of Reference (ToR) for the proposal to build a gravity dam across Siruvani river, had earlier directed the project proponent — the Water Resources Department (WRD) of Kerala Government — to obtain comments from Tamil Nadu. This was done as the proposed reservoir falls within the radius of 5 km from the interstate boundary of Kerala and Tamil Nadu. The EAC recommended the grant of standard ToR with three additional conditions which include resettlement and rehabilitation plan for tribals, a baseline study of the three seasons and inventorisation of human resources available along the project area.
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