Kattappana: Mullaperiyar level touches 134.6 ft

If the water level touches 136 ft, water will be released into Idukki reservoir

People in nearby grama panchayat limits alerted

Officials to submit plan of action to Collector

KATTAPPANA: The water level in the Mullaperiyar dam rose to 134.6 ft on Monday in the previous day’s rain in the catchment area on the border with Tamil Nadu. The highest maintained water level is 136 ft.

On Sunday, the water level was 134 ft. If it touches 136 ft, water will be released through the Periyar into the Idukki reservoir.

The water level in the Idukki reservoir was 2,377.18, a 0.3-ft rise from the previous day’s level. The rainfall recorded in the area was 9.6 mm. The water level on the corresponding day last year was 2,358.44 ft.

A senior official at the Dam Monitoring Cell at Cheruthoni told The Hindu on Monday that the reservoir was 70.98 per cent full. Hence, if water was released from the Mullaperiyar dam, the reservoir could hold the inflow.

He said the Moolamattom power plant generated less electricity than normal because the generators were being repaired and power consumption fell during the monsoon.

The official said the rainfall recorded in the catchment area of Idukki was below normal on Monday. The preliminary data were of the precipitation till noon. “However, since the northeast monsoon started, the rainfall recorded in the catchment area changes considerably in the afternoon,” he said.

Meeting

A meeting of the village officers, the police and the Fire and Rescue Services officials, representatives of the grama panchayat and the Mullaperiyar Samara Samithi, which is leading an agitation demanding a new dam, was held at the taluk office in Peerumade on Monday to take stock of the situation and discuss the preparations to be made in case water is released from the Mullaperiyar dam. The proposals made at the meeting will be submitted to the District Collector.

The officials made announcements through loudspeakers in the Upputhara, the Chappathu and the Vandiperiyar grama panchayat limits, asking people to remain alert.

A top official of the revenue department said that a control room would be opened when the water level reaches 135 ft.

“A plan of action will be submitted to the District Collector and additional safety measures, such as installation of lamps and sirens in the affected areas, will be taken,” he said.

From THE HINDU

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