Amid the cacophony of cries over the Mullaperiyar dam issue, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, on Monday, sounded a sane voice, saying a collective effort through self-restraint was needed to solve the problem amicably, rather than seeing it emotionally.
He was speaking to presspersons at the Kozhikode Guest House here on Monday.
Mr. Chandy said Kerala had never shown any reluctance in sharing water with Tamil Nadu. The policy of the State, in fact, was “water for Tamil Nadu is security for Kerala.” This approach of the State had been welcomed by all. The matter had also been brought to the attention of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, and he had taken it “very seriously.” Besides, Union Minister for Water Resources Pawan Kumar Bansal had been apprised of Kerala's stance.
Mr. Chandy said Kerala wanted to preserve good ties with Tamil Nadu as well as safeguard its needs. The Mullaperiyar dam had been constructed using technology available 116 years ago. Tremors had created widespread apprehension in the minds of the people in different parts of the State. Kerala could no longer drag the issue, he said.
Earlier, Mr. Chandy, after inaugurating a seminar on ‘Water security for food security' at the Centre for Water Resources Development and Management at Kunnamangalam, said he was awaiting a call from the Prime Minister on the Mullaperiyar issue. Mr. Chandy, along with 10 Cabinet colleagues, had met the Prime Minister in New Delhi last Tuesday.