Technical team inspects Mullaperiyar dam

A five-member technical team constituted by the Empowered Committee to assess the safety of Mullaperiyar dam inspected it using sophisticated equipment, including waterproof silicon cameras.

Updated: Jan 07, 2011, 13:10 PM IST

Theni, Tamil Nadu: A five-member technical team
constituted by the Empowered Committee to assess the safety of
Mullaperiyar dam inspected it using sophisticated equipment,
including waterproof silicon cameras.

Officials said the committee marked spots at every 100
feet all the along the 1200-feet-long dam before diving down
to inspect it yesterday.

They took photographs of the dam bed, covered with clay
and rocks. The team was assisted by former Chief Engineer of
Kerala M Sasidharan and R Subramani, head of the Cauvery
Technical Committee.

The experts would continue their work today also,
Subramani later told reporters.

The Supreme Court had constituted the empowered committee
early last year, headed by former Chief Justice of India
Justice A S Anand, to go into all issues including safety
aspects of the more than 110-year-old dam, raising the water
level beyond 136 feet and also Kerala`s demand for a new dam.

Kerala had completed an environmental survey on the plan
to build a new dam after getting a conditional nod from the
Central Forest and Environment Ministry.

Tamil Nadu and Kerala have been at loggerheads over
increasing the height of the dam. While Tamil Nadu wants to
increase it from 136 feet to 142 feet, Kerala is opposed to
it, saying it would affect thickly populated areas downstream.

PTI