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SC Asked Committee to Fix Water limit at Mullaperiyar Dam

India Mullaperiyar Dam

India Mullaperiyar Dam

While hearing upon a contentious issue, the Supreme Court on the 25th of October directed the Supervisory Committee to take a firm and immediate decision on the maximum water level which can be maintained at Mullaperiyar Dam. This issue has come up before the court when the State of Kerala is suffering from torrential rain this month.

The State of Kerala argued that the water level should not cross the limit of 139 feet, which the court had ordered on the 24th of August, 2018, when the State was hit by floods.

The adjoining State of Tamil Nadu, on the other hand, submitted to the court that the level in the dam was 137.2 ft at 9 a.m. on the 25th of October.

Additional Advocate-General V. Krishnamurthy, while representing the State of Tamil Nadu, submitted that the officials of Tamil Nadu were interacting with those from Kerala on the ground. The Chief Minister of Kerala has also written to the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu regarding this issue. “Mr. Krishnamurthy stated that CM of Kerala has only asked that they should be informed in advance before the opening of the gates,”

He also informed the court about the inflow and outflow into the reservoir, which was 2,220 and 2,200 cusecs, respectively.

As regards Kerala’s contention not to let the water level beyond 139 feet, he said the Supreme Court had in its Judgments in the year 2006 and 2014, respectively, has fixed the maximum water level to be capped at the height of 142 feet.

The court directed the officials of both the states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala to interact responsibly in order to avert any danger to lives. The Supreme Court also made it clear that this was not an issue to play politics about.

Mullaperiyar Dam

Periyar River

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