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Mullaperiyar: SC-appointed monitoring panel warns Tamil Nadu

KOTTAYAM: The Supreme Court-appointed monitoring committee on Tuesday warned Tamil Nadu and asked the state not to increase the water level excessively in the Mullaperiyar dam.

The committee chairman LV Nath said that the panel can’t allow Tamil Nadu going ahead with steps to increase the water level ignoring possible dangers. The panel pointed out that it could lead into a mishap if the water level goes above 142 feet.

A letter was handed over to Tamil Nadu by the panel explaining its stance. On the other hand, Tamil Nadu informed Kerala that it will check the leakage reported from the baby dam at Mullaperiyar. The neighbouring state also explained in a report to Kerala the steps that will be taken if the shutters of the dam are to be opened.

The Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary also demanded that the Kerala Police should ensure the security of the dam. “If Kerala fails to do so, Tamil Nadu will approach the Supreme Court seeking protection by (the) CISF,” a letter from Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary to Kerala Additional Chief Secretary read.

Earlier in the day, Tamil Nadu government termed the Mullaperiyar dam dispute with Kerala a 'settled issue'.

Responding to DMK president M Karunanidhi’s demand for convening an Assembly session over the Mullaperiyar dam, Chief Minister O Panneerselvam said that there was no need to pass a resolution to increase the height of the dam to store water in the light of Supreme Court upholding Tamil Nadu’s rights on water level.