SRP seeks President's intervention in dam issue

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala-based Socialist Republican Party today sought Presidential intervention in the Mullaperiyar dam dispute as Kerala and Tamil Nadu governments and Centre had "failed" to resolve the long-pending dispute.

"Presidential intervention is the most feasible course now as Tamil Nadu Government has declined to come forward for talks," SRP working chairman Akkamvila Salim said in a statement here.

The ruling and the opposition parties in Kerala had also failed to act resolutely on the issue and all that they had done was to wash their hands off by seeking Central intervention, he said.

Several recent studies had shown that the 116-year-old dam was extremely weak and in the event of its collapse lives of about 3.5 million people living in downstream districts would be in danger, he claimed.

The water from Mullaperiyar dam has been vital for over one crore people in five districts of Tamil Nadu for decades and they should not gloss over the danger faced by their brothers in Kerala, he said.

Resolving the dispute amicably was extremely important for people of both states who were bound by strong historical and cultural links, Salim added.