New Delhi, Sept. 16: The government on Wednesday gave approval to conduct survey and investigation at the Mullaperiyar dam premises in Kerala to study the environmental effects of building a new dam there.

He talks between the Tamil Nadu and Kerala government which was initiated by the Centre on the Mullaiperiyar dam issue at the national capital resulted in a stalemate.

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NEW DELHI: Kerala on Friday refused to relent to the Centre

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June 24: Water resources minister N.K. Premachandran reiterated on Wednesday that the 100-year-old Mullaperiyar dam on the border with Tamil Nadu was in a highly critical state.

An expert committee which examined the dam two weeks ago had concluded that there were many leaks in it and that its structure was weak, said the minister, while answering questions in the Assembly.

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The expert committee appointed by the State Government to inspect the Mullaperiyar Dam has recommended that the permanent solution to the problem is the construction of a new dam, since the existing structure is showing signs of damages.

ALAPPUZHA: Kerala Water Resources Minister N. K. Premachandran said here on Tuesday that the Centre should intervene in the Mullaperiyar dam issue without waiting for the Supreme Court verdict in the case.

Talking to reporters, he said the State was still firm on its stance that a new dam should come up at Mullaperiyar since the existing one was in a dangerous condition.

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