Water level in Mullaperiyar dam at 136 feet; people dwelling on the banks of Periyar to be shifted
Idukki: The water level in Mullaperiyar dam has risen to 136 feet. Currently, the water level is at 136.2 feet. With this, water has started flowing into the spillway shutters of the dam. Considering the situation, people residing on the banks of Periyar river will be evacuated immediately.
Kerala had requested Tamil Nadu to open the shutters of the dam when the water level reaches 136 feet. The local residents will be evacuated as Tamil Nadu issues safety alerts. About 1,700 people belonging to 500 families living in the low-lying areas like Vandiperiyar and Vallakkadavu will be shifted to safe locations.
The water level in Mullaperiyar dam rose to 136 feet on Sunday night and it is safe to open the shutters before it touches 138 feet, Idukki district Collector H. Dinesh told Mathrubhumi News. A letter will be given to Tamil Nadu in this regard. Some people have already shifted to relief camps. If the dam has to be opened, it will be opened in the daytime, the Collector added.
Earlier, the Central Water Commission had also directed to release water to Periyar river as the water level in Mullaperiyar dam reaches 138 feet. This was directed considering the request of Kerala. A letter was given to Tamil Nadu regarding this. The Kerala Water Resources Department also demanded Tamil Nadu government to take action immediately as the water reaches a dangerous level.