Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said here on Tuesday that the Supreme Court judgement on interlinking of rivers would not apply to Kerala or its rivers.

Replying to questions from the media at his weekly Cabinet briefing, the Chief Minister said that the verdict was applicable only to concurring States.

“Kerala has opposed interlinking of rivers. In view that, the judgement will not apply to us.”

Mr. Chandy added that Kerala had never supported the interlinking of Pamba, Achankovil and Vaipar rivers. There was no question of its agreeing to such a proposal. Kerala had made its stand known at the time of the Vajpayee government itself.

Asked about the contention of the Leader of the Opposition that the judgement would have implications for the State and that the State had not properly argued the case, the Chief Minister said that the Opposition Leader should read the judgement. It was not a case that affected the State.