The Communist Party of Indian (Marxist Leninist) has urged the State government to take the initiative for reconstructing the Mullaperiyar dam to avert a massive disaster that would hit lakhs of people in five districts. The reconstructed dam should take care of the water needs of Tamil farmers and ensure the safety of people on this side of the State border. The debate on who would foot the bill would only delay a longstanding solution to the issue, the party said. – Special Correspondent