New Delhi: Kerala politicians led by Chief
Minister Ommen Chandy on Wednesday knocked the doors of Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh seeking his immediate intervention in
persuading Tamil Nadu to settle the Mullaperiyar Dam issue.
An all-party delegation from the state met Singh and
urged him to initiate a dialogue between Kerala and Tamil Nadu
for arriving at an amicable settlement as early as possible,
in view of the "current sense" of anxiety and fear among
In a memorandum submitted to Singh, the delegation said
no responsible government or party can afford to remain a
silent spectator when people are living in constant fear of
death and destruction.
"Kerala has offered to construct a new dam at our cost
which will ensure the same quantity of water for Tamil Nadu as
they now receive. But government of Tamil Nadu has turned a
deaf ear to this unambiguous proposal," it said.
The delegation told the Prime Minister that there have
been more than 26 tremors in the dam area since July this
year, with the highest recorded magnitude being 3.8 on Richter
"Along with this continued unprecedented seismic
activity, the water level in the reservoir has gone above 136
feet for the past several days. These two factors have
intensified the possibilities of imminent danger and have
raised fear and panic among people to alarming proportions.
"It is unfortunate that this anxiety and fear is being
dismissed as overreaction," the delegation said.