SC permits raising water level of Mullaperiyar dam
Tamil Nadu Govt was asked to carry out necessary repair works before raising water level to maximum of 142 feet.india Updated: Feb 27, 2006 20:49 IST
Vindicating the stand of Tamil Nadu Government that raising the water level of Mullaperiyar dam would not be a threat to the safety and security of its structure, the Supreme Court on Monday directed Kerala Government to raise it from 136 feet to 142 feet.
A bench comprising Chief Justice YK Sabharwal, Justice CK Thakker and Justice PK Balasubramaniyan allowed the Tamil Nadu Government to carry out necessary repair works of the dam before raising the water level to maximum of 142 feet.
However, the bench said before permitting the water level to be raised to 152 feet, the Centre will appoint an expert committee to assess the strength and safety of the dam after the water level was raised to 142 feet.
The court said only after receiving the report of the Committee the issue of raising the water level to 152 would be decided.
Tamil Nadu Government and some others including Janata Party President Subramanian Swamy had approached the apex court for raising of water level in Mullaperiyar dam which was opposed by the Kerala Government.
The Centre had concurred with the view of the expert committee that raising the level beyond 142 feet could be considered after the strengthening measures were undertaken.