Mullaperiyar water level at 135.9 ft

Samithi blocks Kattappana-Kottayam road demanding decommissioning of dam

District Collector asks people to be vigilant

Disaster control measures promised

KATTAPPANA: The water level in the Mullaperiyar dam increased to 135.9 ft on Sunday with an overflow of water through the spillway.

A top official of the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) who visited the dam on Sunday said that the water flow through the spillway started even before it reached the highest maintainable level of 136 ft. He alleged that the figures released by Tamil Nadu were incorrect.

With the rise in water level, he said more water would be released to the Idukki dam. He, however, said the total capacity of the Idukki dam remained below the level of its reservoir capacity and there was no need of any panic in the areas to be affected with the inflow of water from the Mullaperiyar dam.

The water level in the Idukki dam was 2,378.08 ft on Sunday, the full level being 2,403 ft., and the rainfall recorded in the catchment area on Sunday was 7.1 mm.

The Mullaperiyar Samara Samithi, which is leading a strike for the decommissioning of the century-old dam, organised a road blockade at Kauntharurvi Chappathu on the Kattappana-Kottayam route till 2.30 p.m. The stir was called off when a senior official of the Revenue Department ensured the samithi leadership that their demands, including lighting in the areas and opening of a control room, would be immediately taken up.

According to a PTI report, the Idukki District Collector Ashok Kumar Singh has issued a warning to people residing on the banks of the Periyar river to be vigilant.

“The catchment areas of the reservoir are still getting rain and as the water level has already reached 135.9 feet, the authorities have issued warning to people living in the area to be vigilant,” the Collector said.

From THE HINDU

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