Thiruvananthapuram, January 4, 2012
Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy today said a joint mechanism involving Kerala, Tamil Nadu and the Central governments could be considered for the control and management of the new dam proposed by the state to replace the 116-year-old structure at Mullaperiyar.
Briefing newspersons after a meeting of the state Cabinet here, the Chief Minister said Kerala was ready for joint control as a similar mechanism was already in force in the case of Siruvani dam water sharing agreement between the two states.
Stating that Kerala would not claim water from the new dam, he said the state wanted an amicable solution with the neighbouring state.
"Every moment is crucial for the safety of people living downstream of the dam and at the same time people in the neighbouring state should also get water," he said.
He pointed out that when a new dam was constructed, both the states could enter into a fresh agreement.
"We have an open mind to discuss any issue with Tamil Nadu. If there is any dispute, either state can approach the Supreme Court," he added.