Mullaperiyar dam is safe, water maintained at 142 ft as per SC guideline
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Thursday, in a letter to his Kerala counterpart, reiterated the safety of Mullaperiyar dam.
He said that the water level is maintained at 142 feet as per the Supreme Court order.
The letter elaborated that the last inspection carried out on August 8, 2018 by the SC appointed supervisory committee found the dam to be safe to store water upto 142 ft.
The Chief Minister also added that the government of Tamil Nadu has been transferring water for Mullaperiyar dam to Vaigai basin to the maximum extent possible through the tunnel.
The blame game between the two states reached a crescendo when Tamil Nadu CM Palaniswami blamed the Kerala government for not permitting TN officials to gauge the rainfall in the catchment areas.
KERALA REQUESTS INTERVENTION
On Wednesday, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan requested intervention of Tamil Nadu CM in regulating water level at 139 feet from the permissible 142 feet.
Located in Kerala, the Mullaperiyar dam is operated by Tamil Nadu.
Both the states have been at loggerheads over the dam built under 1868 agreement between the then Maharaja of Travancore and erstwhile British regime.
The dam has been a bone of contention between the two states.
MULLAPERIYAR DAM WATER RELEASE
The catchment areas of Mullaperiyar dam has been receiving torrential rainfall since August 14 which led to the increase in water levels of the dam.
The sluice gates of the dam were opened after the water level touched the 142 feet mark.
The Kerala government is in anxiety that the unregulated water release from Mullaperiyar would lead to severe flooding in the downstream Idukki district that is already facing the brunt of an overflowing Idukki dam.