Mullaperiyar dam | Photo: Mathrubhumi
Chennai: Tamil Nadu water resources minister Durai Murugan on Monday claimed that the water level at Mullaperiyar dam would be raised to 142 feet by November 30. He was responding to the protests in TN against the government for not raising the water level.
While adding that the state does not wish for a conflict with Kerala, he clarified that things would go as per the Supreme Court order.
The Supreme Court had earlier allowed the TN government to maintain the water level at 142 feet. However, in a recent meeting of the high power committee, both states had agreed to maintain the water level at 139 feet. The decision invoked criticism of the opposition parties in Tamil Nadu. The Mullaperiyar Protesting committee of Kerala wants the water level to be 136 feet.
TN then moved to strengthen the baby dam saying the water level can be raised to 152 feet. Kerala allowed Tamil Nadu to cut the trees. However, the order was quickly 'set aside' following a backlash in Kerala. The state government claimed it was not aware of the order.
Durai Murugan said the TN government can't do anything with the decision of Kerala to set aside the tree felling order. The government followed the protocols when the spillways opened last month, he added.