Dam row: Kerala AG to brief state cabinet

With the Mullaperiyar dam issue,state Advocate General K P Dhandpani is expected to explain to the cabinet.

Thiruvananthapuram: With the Mullaperiyar dam
issue continuing to dominate Kerala`s agenda, state Advocate
General K P Dhandpani is on Wednesday expected to explain to the
cabinet his position on the controversy generated by some
submissions made by him in the High Court on the matter.

As campaigns are on in full swing in Idukki district
where the dam is located, CPI(M) veteran V S Achuthanandan is
holding a one-day fast at Vandiperiyar, pledging solidarity
with the agitation for a new dam and lowering the water level
in the 116-year-old reservoir.

Opposition parties have demanded action against
Dhandapani, alleging that his submissions had in effect
weakened the state`s case that the condition of the dam was
very precarious and its collapse could pose a dire threat to
over three million people.

On his part, Dhandapani had clarified that he had not
done any damage on the matter and his statements had been
misquoted and misinterpreted by a section of the media.

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy had last week asked him to
appear before the cabinet and explain his position, apparently
to douse the rage of not only the Opposition, but sections in
the ruling UDF itself.

At the all-party meet, Chandy had assured the leaders
that the government would take required action to "clear
confusions" over the issue.


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