SC-appointed panel to visit Mullaperiya dam in Dec
A two-member team of the Supreme Court-appointed empowered committee on Mullaperiyar Dam dispute will visit the dam site this month to carry out an on-the-spot assessment of the claims made by Tamil Nadu and Kerala.india Updated: Dec 05, 2011 19:19 IST
A two-member team of the Supreme Court-appointed empowered committee on Mullaperiyar Dam dispute will visit the dam site this month to carry out an on-the-spot assessment of the claims made by Tamil Nadu and Kerala.
The decision to send two members of the five-member committee was taken on Monday when the empowered panel met with lawyers representing the two states making representations on their stands and asking it to hear them before submitting its report.
"Yes, two members (of the committee) will be visiting the Mullaperiyar dam site later this month. The committee will meet again on January two and three to discuss their findings," said a senior official attached to the committee.
The dates of the visit, which are agreeable to the two states, will be decided later this week.
The committee, headed by former Chief Justice of India AS Anand, is expected to submit its report on the controversial issue by February.
At the meeting, Kerala submitted a memorandum before the committee stating that frequent tremors in Idduki district, where the 116-year-old structure is located, was causing damage to the dam and that the state should be heard before the report is finalised. Kerala wants that a new dam should be constructed to replace the old structure, claiming that it is essential to prevent a disaster.
Tamil Nadu told the panel that there was no need for a new dam and that the water level of the existing dam should be raised from the present 136 ft to 142 ft as per a 2006 Supreme Court directive.