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Mullaperiyar row: Kerala MPs to meet Bansal

Nov 28, 2011 07:50 AM IST Politics Politics

New Delhi: A two-minister delegation from Kerala is expected to arrive in Delhi on Monday to meet the Union Water Resources Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal with regard to the Mullaperiyar Dam.

The state has been demanding the centre's intervention saying that the 116-year old dam has been rendered unsafe by numerous earthquakes and tremors.

The MPs are demanding a new dam be built in its place.

The issue has seen the ruling Congress-led UDF government and the Opposition LDF joining ranks. They have declared a 12-hour long hartal in Idukki on Monday. One MP from the Kerala Congress(M), Jose K Mani, will also be fasting outside Parliament.

Kerala Congress (M) Chairman and Finance (rpt) Finance Minister, KM Mani, told reporters here that while Jose K Mani will stage a fast in front of Parliament, Idukki MLA, Roshy Augustine will be staging a fast before the state assembly in
Thiruvananthapuram on Monday.

"Why should Tamil Nadu object to a new dam?" he asked adding Kerala has never said it would not give water to Tamil Nadu if a new dam was built.

"Even if a new dam is built, not a drop of water to Tamil Nadu will be reduced," he said.

The Kerala Congress (M) is a constituent in the Congress-led UDF government in the state.

(With additional information from PTI)