Kochi: With Kerala demanding reduction of maximum permissible water level in Mullaperiyar dam at 139 feet, the Supreme Court has directed the expert committee to spell out the safe level that can be maintained in the dam.
The court directed the two states to behave responsibly and prevent any dangerous situation. Tamil Nadu informed the court that the level in the dam was 137.2 ft on the morning of October 25. Tamil Nadu said officials of the two states were engaged in discussion on the matter.
It said the inflow into the reservoir was 2,220 cusecs and the outflow was 2,200 cusecs. Tamil Nadu said the Supreme Court had earlier verdicts fixed the maximum water level at 142 feet. The Supreme Court said that the issue was not for taking political mileage. The matter came up before the court after petitions were filed by Idukki resident Joe Joseph and the Kothamangalam block panchayat in Kerala expressing concern over the increasing water levels in the dam. Kerala prayed before the court that Tamil Nadu should maintain the level at 137.2 feet. On August 24, 2018, the court had agreed that the water level in the Mullaperiyar reservoir should be maintained two or three feet below the permissible limit of 142 feet till August 31.
Pic caption: 1. Mullaperiyar Reservoir with water level at 37.2 ft on 25.10.2021. 2. The canal carrying water from Mullaperiyar to Tamil Nadu