`Kerala ready for tripartite deal on Mullaperiyar`

Kerala CM Oommen Chandy said he was even willing to enter into a tripartite agreement on Mullaperiyar and enact a law assuring Tamil Nadu that it will get "same quantity" of water from the new dam.

Updated: Dec 15, 2011, 10:55 AM IST

New Delhi: Voicing Kerala`s readiness to
walk the extra mile to resolve the Mullaperiyar Dam row, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said he was even willing to enter into a tripartite agreement and enact a law assuring Tamil Nadu that it will get "same quantity" of water from the new dam.

However, he made it clear that the state cannot wait "too
long".

"We are ready to give any type of assurance that we will
give the same quantity of water. We have offered mutual
agreement. If they want we are ready to give a tripartite
agreement in the presence of the Government of India. We are
ready to give the assurance in Supreme Court," he said.

The Kerala government was even prepared to have an "enactment" in the Assembly assuring "full quantity" of water to Tamil Nadu, Chandy told reporters.
The Kerala Chief Minister, who led an all-party
delegation to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the issue,
said: "We are not in a position to wait for a long time. Lakhs
and lakhs of people are spending sleepless nights. Children
are not going to schools. Some are even planning to shift from
the area."

"Every second is important for us. Lives of lakhs of
people are involved. For Tamil Nadu, every day is important
that they need the water for daily needs. We know the
importance of Tamil Nadu`s need for water," he said.
Asked why Tamil Nadu takes such a stand when Kerala
appears to be offering same quantity of water, he said, "There
may be some internal political compulsions, especially in the
Opposition."

When pointed out that DMK is the opposition party he was
referring to, Chandy did not offer a direct answer saying
opposition DMK, ruling AIADMK and others were on the same page
on the issue.

PTI