Efforts to resolve dam row to continue: Antony

The Centre would spare no effort to find a solution to the Mullaperiyar Dam row between Tamil Nadu and Kerala, Defence Minister A K Antony said here on Monday.

Last Updated: Dec 26, 2011, 15:48 PM IST

Thrissur: The Centre would spare no
effort to find a solution to the Mullaperiyar Dam row between
Tamil Nadu and Kerala, Defence Minister A K Antony said here
on Monday.

"The Centre`s efforts to find an amicable solution to the
vexed issue have not been fruitful so far. But that does not
mean the government will lose heart and abandon efforts in
that direction," he told reporters here.

Antony said it was painful that a solution acceptable to
both states has been elusive and added that all political
parties -- big and small in the country feel the issue should
soon be solved without harming cordial relations between the
two states.

Asked whether the Centre would exert pressure on the two
states to sit together to discuss the issue, he said the Union
government would continue its earnest efforts to solve the
issue amicably.

"The matter is before the Supreme Court. Let the court go
ahead with its course of action. But other efforts should also
be explored to settle the issue," he said.

Antony stressed on the need for the Centre to have the
unstinted cooperation of both states to find an amicable
solution to the issue.

PTI