Mullaperiyar: Kerala to approach SC on Wednesday against Tamil Nadu releasing water at night
New Delhi: Petitioner Joe Joseph on Tuesday filed an additional affidavit in Supreme Court pointing that Tamil Nadu is releasing water from the Mullaperiyar Dam without proper warning. He also demanded SC to direct the oversight committee to check the safety of the dam.
Due to the unannounced release of water, the houses were flooded and the people had to leave their homes without any planning, the affidavit reads.
The affidavit requests the court to intervene and stop Tamil Nadu from opening the dam at night and direct the oversight committee to conduct daily inspections.
Meanwhile, water resource minister Roshy Augustine said that the state will approach the SC on Wednesday to bring its attention to the release of water at night. A special application will be submitted tomorrow, he said.
The government on Tuesday faced flak from the Opposition and people residing along Periyar over his administration's "inaction" concerning Tamil Nadu's late night opening of the shutters of Mullaperiyar dam.
V D Satheesan, speaking to the media, said the Kerala Chief Minister should break his silence on the issue and answer why his government was being "inactive" and not opposing Tamil Nadu's actions of releasing water from the dam late at night.
Residents living downstream of the dam, facing sleepless nights for over a week due to the release of water from Mullaperiyar, said they were tired of living like this in constant fear.
The residents said that children are unable to go to school and at night they do not know what to do when water suddenly enters their homes without any warning.
"Where do we run to with our kids and elderly family members and our belongings when water suddenly enters our homes? We cannot continue to live like this. We will end our lives if this continues to happen. The Chief Minister should do something. He should speak to his counterpart in Tamil Nadu," a resident told the media.
He said the residents come to know of the dam being opened only through news flashes on TV channels and after the water has entered their homes, police vehicles reach there blowing their horns and thereafter, the "announcement van" comes along, telling people to evacuate.
"This is what the district administration is doing," another resident said.