NHRC refer Mullaperiyar issue to full commission

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Wednesday decided to refer the Mullaperiyar dam issue to its full commission following a representation by Kerala MPs.

Updated: Nov 30, 2011, 16:03 PM IST

New Delhi: The National Human Rights
Commission (NHRC) on Wednesday decided to refer the Mullaperiyar dam
issue to its full commission following a representation by
Kerala MPs.

A senior NHRC official said Kerala MPs met the Commission
this morning to raise the issue and request its intervention.

Following the meeting, the official said, the Commission
decided to refer the case to its full commission. Earlier, a
single member was hearing the case.

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.

PTI