Very much amazed by the over confidence and no compromise attitude of tamilnadu government and the people of tamilnadu towards the mullaperiyaar issue. Just like me, many malayalees are having the same thoughts regarding the issue. The government of kerala and people of kerala has reiterated several times that kerala has not intentions of ceasing the supply or reducing the amount of water which is currently being given to tamilnadu. Each and every politicians and other eminent people in kerala have disclosed their statements with regard to building a new dam in mullaperiyaar citing the danger of dam collapse. If the statistics revealed by the government of kerala is correct then about 40 lakhs people residing in 4 districts of kerala will be affected if this mullaperiyaar dam disaster happens.
As far as my knowledge tamilnadu has initially willing to initiate talks on mullaperiyaar issue once kerala got alarmed after the recent mild earthquakes which has shaken the near places where the dam is currently located. Later on tamilnadu government is withdrawn from their initial stand and postponed the talks. Even after several intimations from the kerala government, tamilnadu government is not willing for talks or negotiations.
In the meantime several keralites and their shops / businesses in tamilnadu has been attacked by tamilians. I wondered why they were attacking keralites living in tamilnadu, kerala have never ever told that we will stop supplying water to tamilnadu. One and only thing which is told by kerala is “Water for Tamilnadu and Security for Kerala”. I think in this type of tragic situation where about 40 lakh peoples in kerala will be affected and about half of them likely to be killed, keralites must attack tamilians but no such type of uncultured incidents were reported anywhere within kerala. During these months it is sabarimala season and pilgrims from are more vulnerable to attacks while traveling inside kerala if any mob turns violent. Even after conducting several rallies and processions in favor of building a new dam in kerala no tamilians or tamilnadu registered vehicles were not attacked.
Early this week farmers from kambam and kumily area of tamilnadu has organized mass rallies protesting against building new dam in mullaperiyaar and it has turned violent. Police had to use force to disperse those violent farmers. The farmers residing in these areas doesn’t realize that if the mullaperiyaar dam collapses then 5 districts of tamilnadu will not get water. Is the rallies and procession organized in tamilnadu is political motivated?
In the recent development movies distributors and cinema halls has told that they will not release new malayalam movies in tamilnadu due to security reasons. If tamil movies are not shown in tamilnadu then there will be a decrease in revenue of about 25 laksh for malayalam movie producers. But in the current scenario many tamil movies are current being shown in cinema halls in kerala which are generating lots of revenue.
The UPA government is playing cat and mouse game and is not directly intervening in the issue. If centre makes strong and long standing decision considering the security and life of about 40 lakhs people in kerala then a amicable consensus can be bought in this issue. Now the life of about 40 lakhs people in kerala is under threat and central and tamilnadu is least concerned about the issue.
Let’s hope that tamilnadu government will agree upon building a new dam or change their decision regarding the level of water in mullaperiyaar dam even before the worst situation arises.