Minister Roshy Augustine welcomes SC verdict on Mullaperiyar dam

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Idukki: Minister for Water Resources, Roshy Augustine said that he is in favour of the Supreme Court verdict that the water level in the Mullaperiyar dam should not exceed 139.5 feet.

“The current water level is at 138 feet, and the shutters of the dam will be raised tomorrow. All arrangements for the opening of the dam have been completed,” Roshy Augustine said.

“In 2018, all 13 shutters were opened and more than 4,000 cubic feet of water was released after the water level touched 139.99 feet. As of now, it has been decided that only 1,000 cubic feet of water should be released from the dam on Friday,” he added.

Earlier, the Supreme Court has ordered that the water level in Mullaperiyar should not rise above 139.5 feet till November 11. Meantime, the SC will hear detailed arguments on the issues raised by Kerala regarding the rule curve of the dam. The state is also directed to file a detailed affidavit on the ongoing rule curve dispute with Tamil Nadu by November 9. The apex court will consider the case again on November 11.

Earlier, Kerala has appealed to the SC that the maximum water level capacity should not be made 142 feet and informed that the rule curve prepared by Tamil Nadu was not acceptable. The state has also suggested the plan to build a new dam to solve the problem permanently. Kerala also clarified that the supervisory committee did not consider the concerns of Kerala.

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