Less water or more security at Mullaperiyar?

Even as Kerala and Tamil Nadu hardened their stand on the Mullaperiyar dam, the Supreme Court is set to hear the issue on Tuesday.

Last Updated: Dec 13, 2011, 09:46 AM IST

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: Even as Kerala and Tamil Nadu hardened their stand on the Mullaperiyar dam, the Supreme Court is set to hear the issue on Tuesday.

A five judge constitution bench headed by Justice DK Jain will hear three applications from the two states as well as one filed by the DMK.

The important issues to be considered by the apex court include Tamil Nadu government’s petition seeking deployment of Central Industrial Security Force at the dam site and the petition which wants the court to restrain Kerala government and politicians from the state from spreading panic about Mullaperiyar dam’s safety.

Tamil Nadu had been stressing that, as the case is in the Supreme Court, Kerala should wait till the court decides on the matter.

The court will also take up the Kerala government’s petition seeking the reduction of water level in the dam from the current 136 feet to 120 feet in view of the seismic activity in the area.

The bench, already hearing the case, had set up an Empowered Committee to study the safety of the dam and also study Kerala’s demand for a new dam.

The Mullaperiyar issue has come to the fore in the past few weeks with Kerala raising the pitch for the new dam citing safety concerns about the existing structure Kerala has been witnessing a series protests by various political parties and social groups for a new dam in the wake of recent tremors in the region and rising water level in the dam in Kerala`s Idduki district but maintained by Tamil Nadu under a 999 year lease.