Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala expects the
Tamil Nadu government to take a "humanitarian" view of the
demand for construction of a new dam in Mullaperiyar
considering the safety of about 3 million people living in
downstream areas of the over-century old reservoir.
This was stated by Water Resources Minister PJ Joseph
in the Assembly during Question Hour.
Joseph said if Kerala was pressing for a new dam it
was on account of apprehensions about safety of the people in
the downstream areas.
The building of a new dam was not meant to deny water
from the reservoir to Tamil Nadu. Also, Kerala was willing to
hold talks with its neighbour to resolve the issue amicably,
though the matter was now under the consideration of an
empowered committee set up by the Supreme Court, Joseph said.
The differences between the two states over the dam
was back in sharp focus recently with the Public Works
Minister in the AIADMK government in Tamil Nadu asserting that
Kerala`s stand was not acceptable to it.
The UDF government in Kerala also made it clear that
it would not go back on the demand for a new dam, over which
there has been political consensus in the state.