New Delhi: Not conflicts but discussions are needed to resolve the Mullaperiyar issue, opined Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.

“To resolve the prevailing issues related to Mullaperiyar dam, open talks should be held with Tamil Nadu. Kerala is unable to construct a new dam at will. The assembly resolution wants both the states to approve the project. Both parties should take each other into confidence and discuss the matter. This was what I mentioned yesterday and I am standing firm on it,” he said.

Meanwhile, he said there is nothing to worry about the Athirappilly hydroelectric project.

“The project had received nod when I was holding the electricity portfolio. However, some moved court for political gain and it was halted. The project can be implemented without affecting the flow of water and also the waterfall. The topic has already been discussed in LDF,” he said.

The CM also responded to CPI secretary Kanam Rajendran’s criticism on minister Kadakampally Surendran’s remarks about the project.

“The topics meant for discussion in cabinet and LDF will be taken up at respective platforms. Minister can give opinions about their departments. In this regard, my opinions will be conveyed to the ministers,” he said.

Kanam had said that the practice of ministers issuing public statements should be restricted. He added that ministers should discuss topics other than those mentioned in the manifesto in the LDF before issuing statements.