The Kerala government on Tuesday said that it was firm in its decision on the construction of a new dam to replace the Mullaperiyar reservoir and a chief ministerial meeting in this regard will be held with Tamil Nadu next month, reported PTI.

In the Kerala Assembly, Power Minister K Krishnankutty said that the Left Democratic Front government has always put forward the suggestion for building a new dam aimed at ensuring the safety of life and property of the people of the state.

The Mullaperiyar dam, situated in the Idukki district on Periyar River, is 126 years old. It is managed by the Tamil Nadu government.

The two states have been caught in a dispute, as Kerala has called for a new reservoir to be constructed citing structural problems with the Mullaperiyar dam.

Tamil Nadu, which inherited a lease agreement between the former princely state of Travancore (now Kerala) and the British government, has opposed decommissioning Mullaperiyar dam. The lease allows Tamil Nadu to operate the dam and divert 640 million cubic metres of water annually for irrigation and power generation through a tunnel bored into the Western Ghat.

Kerala has also proposed that the water level of the Mullaperiyar dam should be reduced to 138 feet. Tamil Nadu, however, wants the levels to be…

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