Staff Reporter

Special group from Navy arrives in Kumily

  • Protest marches held at Vandiperiyar, Upputhara
  • Tamil Nadu resumes drawing of water

    KOTTAYAM: The hartal called by various organisations seeking a permanent solution to the Mullaperiyar dam issue in four grama panchayats of Idukki district on Wednesday was total and peaceful.

    The hartal, though it was confined to Upputhara, Vandiperiyar, Ayyappancoil and Elappara grama panchayats, paralysed the vehicular traffic and business activities. Only a few private vehicles and vehicles carrying Sabarimala pilgrims could be seen on the road. Well-attended protest marches were held at Vandiperiyar and Upputhara panchayats as part of the hartal.

    Meanwhile, a special group from the Indian Navy arrived in Kumily on the invitation of the authorities. This follows the decision of the authorities to press in the services of the Armed Forces to face the eventualities arising out of the rising waters of the Mullaperiyar reservoir.

    The 17-member team under the leadership of Commandant N.K. Reddy would survey the structure and record underwater damage, if any, to the structure, District Collector A.J. Rajan said.

    The Naval squad held discussions with the District Collector, District Superintendent of Police K.K. Thankappan and Devikulam Sub-Collector Ratan Kelkar in the night. They were expected to visit the dam on Thursday morning.

    Water at 138.8 ft.

    The water level in the reservoir remained at 138.8 ft. on Wednesday. Meanwhile, after a week-long gap, the Tamil Nadu revived the drawing of water through penstock pipes to the Lower Camp.