//Mullapperiyar: All party meet decides to convene assembly

Mullapperiyar: All party meet decides to convene assembly

–                                                       Kochi: A two-day special session of the Kerala Assembly has been convened on March 13 and 14 to discuss the Mullapperiyar dam issue following the Supreme Court verdict allowing Tamil Nadu to raise the dam’s water level from 136 feet to 142 feet, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said here on Monday.

This decision was taken at an all party meeting convened by the government here, to discuss further course of action on the matter, he told reporters after the meeting in which BJP did not participate.

The assembly has been convened primarily to bring in an amendment to the Kerala Dam’s Safety Act 2003, to protect the interest of the state, following the apex court verdict.

All leaders were unanimous in the view that the dam level should not be raised and be retained at 136 feet, he said. There was no change in the state’s stand that was formulated on the basis of advice of experts regarding the dam’s safety. "We cannot take a stand that would jeopardise the safety of the people," Chandy said.

Increasing the water level would endanger the Periyar Tiger reserve and lives of people in five districts of the state, he said. "We have a good relationship with Tamil Nadu and we are ready to give them water as far as possible. We are not for any confrontation with Tamil Nadu. But we have to consider the safety of the dam which is 111 years old," he said.

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