Shutters of Mullaperiyar opened again at night; Water enters Chappath bridge, houses

Dam, Vallakadavu bridge, flooding at houses

Kumily: The nine shutters of Mullaperiyar Dam were opened on Monday night despite Kerala requesting Tamil Nadu to avoid water release during night. This was reportdly done to maintain the water level at 142 feet—the maximum limit allowed by the Supreme Court of India amid heavy rains in the catchment areas of the dam.

The shutters were opened at 8:30 PM and water entered the sides of Vallakadvu bridge. It also caused flooding in more than 10 houses in regions like Vallakadvu, Vikas Nagar and Manjumala. The shutters, except three, were closed by 10:30 PM. However, 8380 cumic feet of water was flowing from six shutters. On Tuesday morning, all shutters except one were closed by the Tamil Nadu administration.

The evacuation of the residents near the bank of Periyar was cumbersome as huge quantity of water was released. The information from Tamil Nadu administration came in short notice.

Minister for Water Resources Roshy Augustine who rushed to the spot at night said that the move by Tamil Nadu was painful. He told that Kerala will approach the Supreme Court to resolve the issue. Roshy alleged that though water could have been released during day time, water was released in huge quantities at night. He pointed that the act was an undemocratic one. He also slammed supervisory committee over the matter.

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