Kasargod: Asserting that the safety of
its people is of utmost importance, Kerala Chief Minister
Oommen Chandy on Friday said the state does not have any "secret
agenda" to pursue in the Mullaperiyar dam issue.
"The state accords utmost importance to the safety of its
people and will assure the same quantity of water from the dam
to Tamil Nadu. We do not have any secret agenda," he said at a
people`s contact programme` here.
He suggested that Chief Ministers of both states hold
talks on the vexed issue or with the Prime Minister or between
officials concerned of both states.
"None should treat the Mullaperiyar dam issue
emotionally, but solve it through dialogue," he said.
The raging row over the issue had sparked off violent
incidents in border districts of Kerala and Tamil Nadu over
the past few days with protestors on both sides targetting
shops and vehicles.
Kerala is pressing for construction of a new dam citing
safety concerns of the 116-year-old reservoir, while Tamil
Nadu has maintained that the dam is "as good as new" and
accused its neighbour of whipping up a "fear psychosis" over
On Thursday, the Tamil Nadu Assembly passed a unanimous
resolution stating that the state would under no circumstances
give up its rights over the dam and accused Kerala of adopting
"deceiving" tactics on the issue.
Kerala Assembly had on December 9 unanimously adopted a
resolution for building a new dam to replace the existing one
and lowering the water level to 120 ft.