Mullaperiyar: 450 families evacuated as water level rises to 141ft
IDUKKI: With the water level in the Mullaperiyar dam
on Tamil Nadu border touching 141 feet, Kerala has put in place contingency
plans for the safety of the people which included evacuation of families from
vulnerable areas as at least one shutter of the reservoir could be opened any
According to state Revenue Minister Adoor Prakash, the
water level rose to 141.2 feet on Saturday as the inflow into the reservoir
Prakash told reporters in Thiruvananthapuram that the
government had worked out precautionary measures to meet the situation in case
an eventuality arose posing threat to people living in downstream areas of the
The disaster management teams had been geared up and
they also imparted training to over 2,000 people in six panchayats on helping
government agencies if situation demanded, he said. Also, 92 safe spots had
been identified for moving people.
The district administration in Idukki took stock of
the situation and decided to move 450 families to safer places tonight as there
was a possibility of one shutter of the dam being opened.
Kerala government has been concerned about the
situation for the last few days and held that reduction in drawal of water by
Tamil Nadu was the reason for current rising in water level.
The two states have been at loggerheads over
increasing the water level in the dam, which irrigates five southern districts
in Tamil Nadu, from 136 feet to 142 feet with Kerala objecting to it on grounds
of safety of the structure. The Supreme Court in May last had allowed Tamil
Nadu to raise the level to 142 feet, rejecting Kerala's objections.
Chief Minister Oommen Chandy had yesterday written to
his Tamil Nadu counterpart O Panneerselvam urging his intervention for
reduction of water level, which is nearing the contentious 142-feet mark.
The dam is located in Idduki district of Kerala but is
under the control of Tamil Nadu. Kerala Finance and Law minister KM Mani deplored
Tamil Nadu Government's refusal to positively respond to Kerala's plea for
reduction of water level.
Tamil Nadu government should relent from its stand
that the shutters of the dam would be opened only if the water level touched
142 feet in view of the insecurity of people living downstream, Mani said in a