Kerala's struggle to be sober by living down its reputation for high per capita alcoholic consumption sparked political tremors during 2014 even as the ruling Congress-led UDF maintained its sway in the Lok Sabha polls winning more than half the seats up for grab.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam on Saturday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to direct the withdrawal of a clearance given by Ministry of Environment and Forests to Kerala Government for conducting an Environmental Impact Assessment for constructing a new Mullaperiyar dam.
A day after the Supreme Court rejected Kerala's plea to review its May 7 verdict holding as safe the Mullaperiyar dam, Tamil Nadu Assembly on Thursday adopted a resolution urging the neighbouring state to extend support to raise it to 152 feet.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed the Kerala government's plea to review its May 7 verdict on Mullaperiyar dam issue in which it had held the 120-year-old dam safe and allowed Tamil Nadu to raise water level to 142 feet and ultimately to 152 feet after completion of strengthening measures on the dam.
About 500 farmers and members of the public on Wednesday blocked traffic at Lower Camp at Cumbum in this district to protest against Kerala Forest Department officials allegedly preventing PWD workers from Tamil Nadu and CISF personnel in doing maintenance work in Mullaiperiyar dam.
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.