SC notice on writ petition against Mullaperiyar supervisory committee
New Delhi: The Supreme Court has issued notices on the writ petition filed against the supervisory committee constituted by the constitution bench to evaluate the safety of Mullaperiyar dam.
The notice has been issued to both the parties including Kerala and Tamil Nadu. The apex court also decided to hear the new writ petition along with the writ petition filed in 2017 seeking to reduce the water level in Mullaperiyar dam.
The present writ petition was filed by Kothamangalam native Dr Jo Joseph and Kothamangalam block panchayat members Sheela Krishnankutty and Jessymol Jose. They alleged that the supervisory committee was evading the responsibilities entrusted by the constitution bench.
Even six years after the constitution bench issued the verdict, the rule curve, gate operation schedule and instrumentation scheme of the dam has not been prepared, pointed out senior advocate Gopakumaran Nair and advocate T. G. Narayanan Nair, who appeared for the petitioners.
Meanwhile, the bench led by Justice Rohinton Nariman pointed out that a petition filed in 2017 seeking to reduce the water level in Mullaperiyar dam to the maximum was under the consideration of another bench.
Following this, the apex court clarified that the writ petition against the supervisory committee can be heard along with the petition filed in 2017.
Senior advocate Jaideep Gupta and standing counsel G. Prakash appeared on behalf of the Kerala government while advocate Umapathi appeared for Tamil Nadu.