THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Stressing that the efforts to build a new dam in Mullaperiyar would continue, the state government on Wednesday said that it would urge the Centre to constitute a team, including experts from abroad, to study the safety of the dam.
‘’We will demand constituting a team of experts. But the decision has to come from the Centre,’’ Water Resources Minister P J Joseph said in the Assembly while replying to a question by M A Baby of the CPM.
Meanwhile, Chandy said that there was no change in the stand of the state’s demand for building a new dam at Mullaperiyar. ‘’Safety for Kerala and water for Tamil Nadu. This is what we have been saying for the past many years and the stand remains the same,’’ he said while replying to an allegation by Opposition Leader V S Achuthanandan that the state government had not doing enough to solve the issue.
He also mentioned that it was known from studies that the rising of the water level from 132 ft to 140 ft would have a serious impact on forests and wildlife.