The Kerala government would organise the required resources to construct a new dam in place of the over a centuty-old Mullaiperiyar dam, despite financial difficulties, Chief Minster Oommen Chandy said on Tuesday.
Speaking at the inauguration of his mass contact programme for Kollam district, Mr. Chandy said that frequent tremors in the zone of the Mullaperiyar Dam were creating panic and that a new dam was the only solution. “The State government insists on a new dam to replace the existing Mullaperiyar Dam,” he said.
Security for Kerala and water for Tamil Nadu would be the committed policy behind the construction of the new dam, Mr. Chandy said. He added that the State government was trying to achieve this with the cooperation of the Central and Tamil Nadu governments, he said.