Why should Kerala build a new dam in Kerala for the exclusive use of Tamil Nadu?
Periyar is not an inter-state river. It originates in Kerala, flows through it and reaches Arabian Sea. But Tamil Nadu is using its entire water as a right. Not a single drop given to Kerala.
In the case of a new dam thousands of acres of Kerala forest, agricultural land and part of Kumali town will be destroyed. Millions of tonnes of natural resources will be exploited.
All these destructions, money spent on it, manpower, the execution, the tension and everything involved in construction of new dam is born by Kerala and the burden put on the people of Kerala for Tamil Nadu! Just to facilitate Tamil Nadu their irrigation and to help them generate electricity for their use!
Not a single drop of water for Kerala!
Tamil Nadu is allocating 60 to 70 crores of rupees in every annual budget for keeping the dam for them and spending it wisely.
THE RIGHT COURSE OF ACTION IS TO SAY NO TO NEW DAM.
Bring down the water level in Mullaperiyar dam to 100 ft. Give Tamil Nadu required water but ask them to construct medium reservoirs to hold water taken from Mullaperiyar. Kerala should use the remaining water for Kerala’s needs and to generate electricity.
This is the right time as it is the birth Centenary celebration time of C.Achutha Menon, former Kerala Chief Minister who was the architect of the 999 year Mullaperiyar agreement.