New Delhi: The National Human Rights
Commission (NHRC) on Monday deferred till March hearing on the
Mullaperiyar Dam issue, saying it will wait till the Supreme
Court-appointed empowered committee submits its report.
The decision was taken at a meeting of the full
commission of the NHRC on the dam issue, a senior NHRC
"The Commission has decided to wait till the empowered
committee submits its report on February 29," the official
The NHRC has last week decided to refer the case to the
Full Commission following a representation by Kerala MPs.
The Mullaperiyar Dam in Kerala`s Idukki district has been
a sparring point for the state with Tamil Nadu for quite some
time now. While Tamil Nadu wants to increase the water-level
in the reservoir, Kerala has been insisting that it be reduced
from the current 136 feet to 120 feet.
Kerala is willing to construct a new dam for supplying
water to Tamil Nadu, which is opposing the move concerned over
losing control over the functionality of the dam.
Various groups in Kerala had been arguing that the dam
cannot withstand higher magnitude earthquakes and posed a
threat to lives and properties of over three million people in
Idukki, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Alappuzha and Pathanamthitta
districts of the state.