Mullaperiyar: Cong MPs hold protest outside Parl

Kerala MPs on Monday staged a dharna in Parliament House complex seeking PM Manmohan Singh`s immediate intervention in the vexed Mullaperiyar dam issue.

Last Updated: Nov 28, 2011, 12:17 PM IST

New Delhi: Kerala MPs, cutting across party lines, Monday staged a dharna in Parliament House complex
seeking Prime Minister Manmohan Singh`s immediate intervention
in the vexed Mullaperiyar dam issue.

The MPs from Congress, Kerala Congress and CPI(M) sat on
a dharna infront of Gandhi statue in the complex this morning
holding placards--`Water for Tamil Nadu, Safety for Kerala`.

They said the 116-year-old dam is in danger and the
region is witnessing a number of quakes.

Kerala Congress MP Jose K Mani said he has given a notice
of adjournment motion in Lok Sabha to discuss the issue.

Activists of various parties and resistance groups in
Kerala have been holding protests over delay in endorsing
their demand for building a new dam at Mullaperiyar, over
which the state has been locked in a tiff with neighbouring
Tamil Nadu.

Increase in inflow into the reservoir above the maximum
permissible storage level of 136 feet has heightened fears
about the safety of the dam among people in the area and
adjoining districts.

Various groups in Kerala had been persistently arguing
that the dam posed a threat to lives and properties of over 3
million people in Idukki, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Alappuzha and
Pathanamthitta districts.

As an urgent measure, they want the water level to be
lowered to 120 feet.

PTI