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Keep Mullaperiyar Dam Water Down, Tamil Nadu Told As Kerala Complains

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NEW DELHI: A day after Kerala blamed neighbouring Tamil Nadu for aggravating the flood situation, after the release of water from Mullaperiyar Dam, the Supreme Court directed the latter to keep the water level of the dam at around a little over 139 feet till August 31.
The panel appointed by the top court said Tamil Nadu has agreed to keep the water level of the dam at 139.9 feet, instead of the permitted 142 feet.

Tamil Nadu rebutted the charge made by Kerala in its affidavit, which said sudden release of water from Mullaiperiyar is one of the causes for the floods. The state told the court that Kerala’s contention is misplaced and contrary to the ground realities. Water from Mullaiperiyar was released only on August 16, whereas the floods in Kerala started about ten days earlier said Tamil Nadu.

“We are only concerned with the safety and lives of people,” Chief Justice Dipak Mishra told legal officers representing Tamil Nadu. The top court will take up the case again on September 6

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