No breakthrough in TN, Kerala CMs talk on Mullaperiyar

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New Delhi, Dec 19 (UNI)Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi and his Kerala counterpart V S Achuthanandan today held discussion on the vexed Mullaperiyar dam issue, but they could not make any breakthrough in resolving the contentious inter-state river water dispute.

Mr Achuthanandan told mediapersons at the Tamil Nadu House after the 90-minute long discussion that "we have not reached any understanding." He, however, said the meeting was cordial and it would continue.

Tamil Nadu PWD Minister Duraimuragan later said that there was no agreement on the next meeting at the Chief Ministerial level.

Union Water Resources Minister Saifuddin Soz was also present at the meeting Mr Soz was closetted with Mr Karunanidhi for some time after Mr Achuthanandan left the Tamil Nadu House.

Mr Achuthanandan told mediapersons at the Kerala House later that he had raised the issue of seepage in the Mullaperiyar dam. He was hopeful that the Central Water Commission would inspect the same.

He said the response of Tamil Nadu to the Kerala government's proposal to construct a new dam at Mullaperiyar would be communicated by the former in writing.

Both the Chief Ministers, who are here to attend the National Development Council (NDC) meeting, today held the discussion following a direction to this effect from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Dr Singh yesterday appealed to the Chief Minsiters of Tamil Nadu and Kerala to hold talks again to resolve the dispute over Mullaperiyar dam.

The dispute between the neighbouring southern states is over increasing the storage level in the 111-year old Mullaperiyar Dam in Iddukki District from the existing 136 feet to 142 feet.

UNI

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