Two members of the Supreme Court-appointed Empowered Committee (EC) on Mullaperiyar dam will visit the dam on Saturday.
C.D. Thatte and D.K. Mehta, the technical members of the EC, will visit the Idukki, Kulamavu, and Cheruthoni dams on their way to Mullaperiyar dam on Friday. Mullaperiyar Special Cell chairman M.K. Parameswaran Nair and member James Wilson, Irrigation Department Chief Engineer P. Lathika, and Irrigation Department Executive Engineer (Inter-State Waters) Leena George will accompany the committee members.
The members are expected to reach Thekkady by evening and stay there overnight, senior government sources told The Hindu. On Saturday, they will visit Mullaperiyar dam. As per the schedule, they are expected to spend the entire day at the dam. The members will then proceed to Tamil Nadu on Sunday where they will visit among other places the Vaigai Reservoir.
The visit by EC members assume significance in the wake of recurring tremors experienced in the vicinity of the dam and the tension prevailing between the two border States over the safety of the dam.
Tamil Nadu authorities have brought equipment from Maharashtra to check the safety of the dam ahead of the visit of EC members.