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Kerala assembly to discuss Mullaperiyar issue on 9 June

LiveMint logoLiveMint 06-06-2014 PTI

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala assembly will discuss the Mullaperiyar dam issue on 9 June in the wake of the Supreme Court rejecting the state’s contention that the 119-year-old dam was unsafe.

The issue would be taken up on the first day of the monsoon session under assembly rule 130. Communist Party of India (Marxist) CPI-M veteran and opposition leader in the House V.S. Achuthanandan would move a resolution on the new circumstance that had taken shape after the apex court order, assembly speaker G. Karthikeyan said on Friday.

A substantive motion moved by chief minister Oommen Chandy would be passed and sentences and words of that motion would be decided on the basis of debate, Karthikeyan said. Kerala has already decided to file a review petition in the Supreme Court in the long-drawn Mullaperiyar dam dispute with neighbouring Tamil Nadu, after the apex court rejected the state’s contention and upheld the Tamil Nadu government’s plea to raise the level to 142ft from 136ft.

The ruling Congress-led United Democratic Front as well as the CPI(M)-led Left Democratic Front opposition are of the view that the safety concerns of nearly four million people in five downstream districts had not been taken into account by the court.

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