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Mullaperiyar row: Expert panel to submit report

A technical team constituted by a Supreme Court-appointed empowered committee will on Monday submit its report on the safety of the Mullaperiyar dam.



Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: With the political tussle between Kerala and Tamil Nadu over the Mullaperiyar dam not ending, a technical team constituted by a Supreme Court-appointed empowered committee will on Monday submit its report on the safety of the disputed structure.

The two-member technical panel comprising CD Thatte and DK Mehta had recently surveyed the disputed dam site after Kerala expressed concerns over safety in the wake of recent tremors in the area.

Kerala contends that a new dam should be built in the area as the existing dam is vulnerable to earthquakes and consequently poses a major risk to the lives of locals. Tamil Nadu, meanwhile, has rubbished these claims claiming instead that its neighbour is engaging in fear-mongering.

The Empowered Committee, headed by former Chief Justice of India Justice AS Anand, is looking into the matter and is slated to hold its meeting in the national capital today.
Meanwhile, Kerala has accused the technical team of tackling the issue with "unilateral" approach and is likely to complain about its observation to the empowered committee.

Reports also claim that the Kerala government had also received legal advice for lodging its displeasure at the way the two members conducted their proceedings during their visit on December 23.

The state government had last week made it clear that it would take necessary steps on the development in consultation with its consul in Delhi.
Kerala`s Mullaperiyar Cell Chairman M K Parameswaran Nair was called before the Cabinet last week to brief the ministers the details of the visit.

Kerala government alleges that the members of the technical team did not hear the state`s views on the dam`s safety aspects, especially in the wake of recurrence of tremors in the area.

With PTI Inputs

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