Mullaperiyar: Kerala government to file review petition

Kerala government will file a review petition against the > verdict of the Supreme Court in the Mullaperiyar case, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said here on Wednesday.

The Chief Minister told the media after a discussion on the verdict in the Cabinet that Supreme Court did not give due consideration to the issues raised by the State regarding the safety of the dam.

Mr. Chandy said that Kerala had enacted the Irrigation and Water Conservation (Amendment) Act, 2006, which was struck down by the Court, not to deny water to Tamil Nadu; but to address concerns about failure of the 119-year-old dam.

He said that the government had done all that was required to argue the case well before the Court in consultation with all political parties. It also had the support of all. It would be convening another all-party meet to discuss the defeat and chart out future course of action.

Referring the call for hartal in protest against the verdict, the Chief Minister urged all to show restraint. Steps would be taken to address the concerns of the people.

He said that the Cabinet had finalised the action plan for the remaining term of the government. This would be announced on Thursday. The proposal for hiking bus fares were not taken up because it had to discuss the Mullaperiyar verdict and the action plan.

Replying to a question, Mr. Chandy said that attempts were on to scuttle the plan for development of port at Vizhinjam by some quarters. However, the project would be realised and the government was confident about that.

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