Rising water levels at Mullaperiyar dam sounds red alert in Kerala

  • PTI, Idukki
  • Updated: Dec 07, 2015 19:15 IST
The water level at the controversial Mullaperiyar dam is a few inches short of the Supreme Court-sanctioned level of 142 feet, prompting Kerala authorities to sound an alert. (HT File photo)

The water level at the Mullaperiyar dam on Monday reached 141.7 feet, inches short of the level of 142 feet sanctioned by the Supreme Court, officials said.

According to the May 2014 directive of the Supreme Court, the Tamil Nadu government is allowed to increase the water level only up to 142 feet, officials added.

Following heavy rains in and around the dam site, Tamil Nadu has increased its offtake by three times since Monday and as per the apex court directive once the water level touches 142 feet, the shutters of the dam will be opened forcing the water to drain towards the Idukki dam located downstream.

The authorities have sounded a red alert as about 129 families live downstream.

Kerala and Tamil Nadu have been at loggerheads over the dam, built under an 1886 accord between the then-Maharaja of Travancore and the erstwhile British regime.

Though the dam is located in Kerala, it is owned, maintained and operated by the Tamil Nadu government, with the former demanding that the more than a century-old dam that has developed leaks be decommissioned.

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