The simmering Mullaperiyar dam controversy took a turn as Kerala Chief Minister X (insert CM’s name) met with Central Water Commission Chairman Y (insert chairman’s name) urging swift progress on the construction of a new dam at the contentious site. Reiterating concerns over the 127-year-old dam’s age and structural stability, Kerala emphasized the project’s urgency for the safety of downstream communities living under the shadow of potential disaster.
While acknowledging its commitment to upholding the existing water-sharing agreement with Tamil Nadu, Kerala stressed the need for a new dam to replace Mullaperiyar. Minister for Water Resources Z (insert minister’s name) stated that the existing structure’s continued operation raises public anxieties and necessitates a modern, safer alternative. Kerala assured the Centre of its willingness to ensure uninterrupted water supply to Tamil Nadu even during the transition period to a new dam.
However, the proposal is expected to face hurdles. Tamil Nadu has consistently opposed the construction of a new dam, citing water supply concerns and economic repercussions. The issue, a long-standing bone of contention between the two states, has been embroiled in legal battles for decades. The Supreme Court, while acknowledging Kerala’s safety concerns, has previously ruled against decommissioning the existing dam until a viable alternative is operational.
With the Kerala government pushing for a faster resolution, the Mullaperiyar dam saga will likely see renewed focus in the coming months. Finding a solution that prioritizes both dam safety and water security while safeguarding interstate relations remains the crucial challenge at hand.