A high-level political delegation from Kerala comprising Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and Leader of the Opposition VS Achuthanandan will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi soon to apprise the state's concern on Mullaperiyar Dam over which it had been locked in a long-drawn tussle with Tamil Nadu.
With the water level in the Mullaperiyar dam touching the contentious 142 foot mark, the Kerala government Monday urged Tamil Nadu to "understand" its concerns over the dam's stability, while indicating that it had no problems sharing water with its neighbour.
The water level in Mullaiperiyar dam touched the contentious 142 foot mark for the first time since the Supreme Court allowed Tamil Nadu to raise it to that level as Kerala continued to voice concern over the safety of people living downstream in that state.
Terming Mullaperiyar dam dispute with Kerala a "settled issue", Tamil Nadu government on Tuesday said it would approach the Supreme Court to seek stalling of Karnataka government's attempt to construct two dams near Mekedatu across the Cauvery river.
After days of anxiety over the rising water level in Mullaperiyar dam, people living in the downstream villages had a slight relief today with the inflow into the reservoir on the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border decreasing.
With the water level in the Mullaperiyar dam on Tamil Nadu border touching 141 feet, Kerala has put in place contingency plans for the safety of the people which included evacuation of families from vulnerable areas as at least one shutter of the reservoir could be opened any time.
The Kerala government on Saturday moved the Supreme Court seeking its direction for lowering the water level in Mullaperiyar dam which has risen to 140 feet and order Tamil Nadu government to frame guidelines for releasing water.
Tamil Nadu government on Sunday asserted that while it was determined to increase the height of Mullaperiyar dam to 152 feet, it would also take all possible efforts to restrain Kerala government from constructing dams across Pambaru and Bhavani rivers.
With Kerala mulling legal options to maintain the Mullaperiyar Dam level at 136 ft, DMK on Friday expressed fears that Tamil Nadu could stand to lose a chance of implementing Supreme Court order allowing it to increase storage to 142 ft and sought urgent steps by AIADMK Government.
A day after the water level in Mulleperiyar dam crossed the contentious 136 foot mark,a three member team, led by Central Water Resources Department Chief Engineer, conducted safety checks before the level is raised to 142 feet, as mandated by the Supreme Court.
After a gap of more than 30 years, the water level in Mullaperiyar dam on Sunday crossed the contentious 136 ft full level mark, a height over which Tamil Nadu and Kerala have for long been at loggerheads, citing safety reasons.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Friday reiterated her government`s resolve to increase storage level in the Mullaperiyar dam to its full capacity of 152 feet after completing the remaining strengthening work, as per the Supreme Court verdict.
The Madras High Court bench closed a PIL seeking to remove about 500 flexboards put up across this city to welcome Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, which eulogised her for getting the height of the Mullaperiyar dam increased to 142 feet.
MDMK chief Vaiko said the lowering of shutters of the surplus weirs in the Mullaperiyar dam to raise the water level to 142 ft was a victory for restoring the rights of Tamil Nadu and asked his cadres to celebrate it.
Assailing DMK chief M Karunanidhi for his remarks over Mullaperiyar issue, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa Wednesday said the storage in the dam will soon be increased to 142 feet as per Supreme Court orders and accused him of issuing statements that are tantamount to "instigating" Kerala.