Chief of the Opposition V.D. Satheesan on Wednesday mentioned Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan was surprisingly silent about Mullaperiyar. However he couldn’t resist harping concerning the “environmentally and economically” unviable SilverLine venture.
The precarious state of affairs of the 126-year-old barrier had endangered the peace of thoughts and safety of 40 lakh Keralites dwelling downstream. Nevertheless, Mr. Vijayan appeared least bothered.
Tamil Nadu continued to launch water at will from Mullaperiyar with impunity. It not often bothered to warn Kerala or the populace. Tamil Nadu dam authorities routinely set free water at evening flooding houses and inundating farmlands.
The Sate authorities’s response appeared muted. Water Sources Minister Roshy Augustine merely “felt pained” by Tamil Nadu’s actions and has executed little to mitigate the state of affairs, he mentioned.
Kerala has not referred to as for an pressing assembly of the Mullaperiyar Supervisory Committee appointed by the Supreme Court docket. The State authorities’s authorized response to the state of affairs appeared weak, Mr. Satheesan mentioned.
Mr. Vijayan has restricted his response to penning entreaties to his Tamil Nadu counterpart M. Ok. Stalin, he mentioned.
The Centre has not cleared the SilverLine venture. Nevertheless, Mr. Vijayan was pushing forward with the quixotic scheme as if in a rush to depart behind a legacy of his rule, he mentioned.
The federal government has single-mindedly cast forward with land acquisition for SilverLine. The Railways has not given clearance for the venture. Kerala has executed no complete environmental and social affect examine, Mr. Satheesan mentioned.
However the UDF Opposition, the CPI(M) State secretary mentioned SilverLine would catalyse Kerala’s improvement. It will additionally scale back the State’s carbon footprint, decongest its clogged roads and open up the hinterlands for improvement, he mentioned.