Mullaperiyar dam: SC asks Kerala govt to file reply on its security

Friday, Jul 3, 2015,19:25 IST By metrovaartha A A A

New Delhi | The Supreme Court today issued notice to the Kerala government and asked it to file its detailed response after hearing Tamil Nadu’s plea which sought that the security of Mullaperiyar dam be handed over to the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF).
The Tamil Nadu government, earlier on February 20, had moved the apex court seeking deployment of CISF for protection of Mullaperiyar dam in Kerala, but the Supreme Court did not pass any concrete order to it as a result of which the state government had to approach the court again for it.
A division bench, comprising Chief Justice H L Dattu and Justices Amitava Roy and Arun Mishra, also sought a reply from the Kerala government on the plea of the Tamil Nadu which pleaded to the apex court that Kerala should not be allowed to seek environmental clearance from the Environment and Forests Ministry  for constructing a new dam.
To buttress the state government’s claim, the lawyer appearing for the Tamil Nadu submitted that as per the previous order in the case, any new dam can only be constructed at the site only when both the state governments — Kerala and Tamil Nadu — agreed mutually to it.
The security of the Mullaperiyar dam is presently entrusted with the government of Kerala who had also moved an application in the apex court seeking clarification of the May 5, 2014 judgement by which the Supreme Court had allowed the raising the water storage level of the dam to 142 feet.
However, the application was withdrawn by the state later saying it would go before three-member Mullaperiyar committee.
Mullaperiyar dam is constructed pursuant to the Periyar Lake Lease Agreement of October 29, 1886 across Periyar river. The construction continued for about eight years and was completed in 1895.