Mullaperiyar row: SC-appointed panel to visit dam

A two-member team of the SC-appointed empowered committee on Mullaperiyar Dam dispute will visit the dam site this month

New Delhi:A two-member team of the Supreme
Court-appointed empowered committee on Mullaperiyar Dam
dispute will visit the dam site this month to carry out an
on-the-spot assessment of the claims made by Tamil Nadu and

The decision to send two members of the five-member
committee was taken on Monday when the empowered panel met with
lawyers representing the two states making representations on
their stands and asking it to hear them before submitting its

"Yes, two members (of the committee) will be visiting the
Mullaperiyar dam site later this month. The committee will
meet again on January two and three to discuss their
findings," said a senior official attached to the committee.

The dates of the visit, which are agreeable to the two
states, will be decided later this week.

The committee, headed by former Chief Justice of India A
S Anand, is expected to submit its report on the controversial
issue by February.

At Moday meeting, Kerala submitted a memorandum before
the committee stating that frequent tremors in Idduki
district, where the 116-year-old structure is located, was
causing damage to the dam and that the state should be heard
before the report is finalised. Kerala wants that a new dam
should be constructed to replace the old structure, claiming
that it is essential to prevent a disaster.

Tamil Nadu told the panel that there was no need for a
new dam and that the water level of the existing dam should be
raised from the present 136 ft to 142 ft as per a 2006 Supreme
Court directive.