Water level at Mullaperiyar unlikely to reach 138 ft today; will inform SC, says minister

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Ministers Roshy Augustine and P Prasad visiting Mullaperiyar dam | Photo: Shaheer CH

Idukki: Minister for Water Resources Roshy Augustine informed that the water level in Mullaperiyar dam has not reached the rule curve even after three days of opening the spillway shutters. The water level has decreased and there is no need for panic, the minister informed. The current water level is at 138.80 feet. It is unlikely to touch 138 feet, which is the rule curve, in the present situation. This will be informed to the supervisory committee and the supreme court, the minister said.

Roshy Augustine said that Tamil Nadu should have increased the amount of water taken from the dam, but they did not. An additional 1299 cubic feet water is being released through spillway shutters from Saturday 4 pm. However, all precautions are taken and there is nothing to worry even if more water is released, the minister said.

Roshy Augustine visited Mullaperiyar dam along with minister for agriculture P Prasad on Sunday morning. The water level from Vallakkadavu is being monitored since Saturday as three more shutters were opened. The water level in Mullaperiyar should rise by one more feet for alert to be issued. It should rise by two more feet to consider it as the danger level. No further updates were received from Tamil Nadu regarding drawing water from the dam, the minister added.

The water level is unlikely to decrease to 138 feet before Sunday midnight. This will be informed to the apex court, he made it clear. The water level in Idukki dam has decreased. This would have decreased further if Mullaperiyar had not been opened. The cabinet decided that the ministers should directly involve in this matter as it affects the people, they stated.

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