Mullaperiyar dam (File Picture) | Photo: Mathrubhumi archives
New Delhi: The Kerala government has informed the Supreme Court that the Mullaperiyar dam is extremely vulnerable due to its age and large catchment area and it should be decommissioned. The state also said a new dam should be constructed.
Standing counsel G Prakash handed over the written argument of the state to the apex court. The state demanded that the dam should be decommissioned considering the safety of 30 lakh people in five districts. The new dam should be built in order to ensure water supply for Tamil Nadu and safety of the people in Kerala, it is stated in the note.
Kerala also said the rule curve approved by the Central Water Commission is not acceptable as it was prepared by Tamil Nadu. According to this rule curve, the maximum water level in the dam can be 138 feet on October 31 and 142 feet on November 30. However, Kerala opposed this rule curve stating that this water level cannot be maintained considering the unexpected changes in the climate.