State govts must form all-party delegations to solve Mullaperiyar row: Chennithala

Idukki: Congress leader Ramesh Chennithala has raised a sharp criticism against minister for water resources Roshy Augustine over Mullaperiyar row.

Minister Roshy acted like a minister of Tamil Nadu when the decision to set the water level at 139.5 feet came out, criticised Chennithala on Monday in the Assembly. He moved an adjournment motion on the matter.

However, the minister responded that the government has done everything possible keeping the interest of the state in mind. It is unfair to paint the issue as a fight with Tamil Nadu. We stand by our demand for a new dam. We can build a dam, he said.

Tamil Nadu opened the dam in 2018 without informing the state. But at present, there is no such issue. Tamil Nadu has been informing all matters regarding the dam to Kerala, the minister added.

Where are the CPM workers who created a human chain demanding to reduce the water level to 120 feet, asked Chennithala. The government does not have a proper stand on the matter. The state governments should form all-party delegations and hold discussions to solve the matter, he suggested.

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