Mullaperiyar dam: Maintain water level at 137 ft, Kerala tells Tamil Nadu
Thiruvananthapuram: Tamil Nadu has agreed to maintain the water level of Mullaperiyar dam at 138 feet, minister Roshy Augustine told media persons on Tuesday.
Earlier today, Kerala demanded Tamil Nadu to maintain the water level at 137 feet in the Mullaperiyar dam at the high power committee meeting. The demand was made when Tamil Nadu said the level can go up to 142 feet. "Committee chairman Gulshan Raj asked them to keep the level at 138 feet," the minister said in the press meet.
Kerala pointed out the 2018 Supreme Court verdict that directed Tamil Nadu to maintain a maximum level of 139.99 feet in the dam. The present situation is worse as the northeast monsoon is yet to begin. The additional water will come to the Idukki dam if the levels are maintained as high as Tamil Nadu wishes. The state must take more water from the Mullaperiyar dam and store it in Vaigai reservoir in Madurai, the Kerala representative reasoned at the meeting.
The water will be released through the spillway if the level reaches 138 feet by October 30, Tamil Nadu assured.
Additional Chief Secretary T K Jose IAS represented Kerala in the meeting. Tamil Nadu was represented by Sandeep Saxena IAS, Additional Chief Secretary (PWD). Committee Chairman Gulshan Raj of the Central Water Commission headed the meeting.