PM writes to Jayalalithaa on Mullaperiyar issue

With tensions escalating between the states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala, the PM has written to Jayalalithaa on the Mullaperiyar dam issue.

New Delhi: Seeking to calm passions over
Mullaperiyar Dam issue, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday
wrote to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa saying
nothing should be said or done to create "undue alarm" and
hoped the issue would be sorted out amicably through dialogue.

Replying to letters written by Jayalalithaa, Singh said
he had asked the Water Resources Ministry to arrange an early
meeting between officials of Tamil Nadu and Kerala to "sort
out outstanding issues and allay genuine concerns".

He sought Jayalalithaa`s cooperation on the issue.

"I have made a note of the points raised by you and also
heard the issues raised by a delegation of Ministers from the
Government of Kerala. I have pointed out to them that the
matter is currently before the Supreme Court Empowered
Committee," Singh wrote.

"I believe that nothing should be said or done to create
undue alarm among the people," he said.

The issue has triggered passions in both Tamil Nadu and
Kerala which apprehends that rising water level in the dam
posed a major risk to it. Tamil Nadu rejects any such fears.

Singh expressed the confidence that "given goodwill on
both sides, an amicable and mutually-acceptable solution can
be found through a process of dialogue and communication."

"I have accordingly advised the Ministry of Water
Resources to arrange an early meeting between the officials of
the two sides to sort out outstanding issues and allay genuine
concerns," the Prime Minister told Jayalalithaa.

Kerala says fears about the weakness of the 116-year-old
dam had increased since the area around the site had been
shaken by 26 tremors in the last five months alone.


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