Idukki dam need not be opened this year, says KSEB
Kochi: The Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) rejected the allegations that the flood havoc in Kerala occurred due to the opening of dam shutters.
The KSEB informed the High Court that excessive rains caused the flood and not the opening of dams. The board also stated in the court that Idukki dam need not be opened this year as per the weather predictions.
Justice Devan Ramachandran had approached the High Court requesting to regulate the water level in dams which keep rising at an alarming rate. The High Court considered this as a petition and intervened in the issue. Following this, the KSEB submitted the affidavit stating that Idukki dam need not be opened this year.
According to the weather predictions, there is 23 percent water in Idukki dam as of June 1, which is 30 feet less than the normal water level. So, there is no need to be concerned about the water level in Idukki dam, the KSEB stated.
The flood havoc in 2018 occurred due to excessive rainfall. The allegations that the opening of dams resulted in the flood are not right. In 2018, the rainfall was 168 percent more than average, the KSEB informed the court.
The state government also had submitted an affidavit in the High Court in connection with this issue. The government stated in the affidavit that there is no scientific ground for the claims that a flood will occur in the state this year.