Madurai

‘SC lowering Periyar dam water level has shocked T.N.’

MADURAI

The Supreme Court asking Tamil Nadu to reduce water level in Mullaperiyar dam to 139.9 feet from its permissible level of 142 ft is shocking and “amounts to snatching the rights of Tamil Nadu,” according to PMK president G.K. Mani.

Talking to reporters here on Sunday, Mr. Mani said water level in the dam was raised to 142 feet by the Supreme Court following the expert committee’s report on the dam’s stability. “But, Kerala is trying prevent keeping of water level at 142 ft,” he said.

The Centre should help Tamil Nadu raise the level to 142 ft and eventually take it up to its original full reservoir level of 152 ft.

“Kerala is objecting to increasing water level as the dam’s catchment areas and the banks of Periyar river downstream are heavily encroached upon by influential people,” he said, adding, “If water level is raised to 152 ft, surplus water will not drain into Kerala.”

Asked about Tamil Nadu not having started a Supreme Court-directed survey on feasibility of digging a second tunnel to draw additional water from Periyar dam, Mr. Mani said it showed the government’s lack of concern.

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