Kerala Governor Arif Muhammad Khan said on Tuesday that “new work is needed” at Mulpiriar as the existing dam is very old and people are working to reach an amicable settlement on the matter. “I think everyone already knows that the dam is very old. So something new has to be done. But how to reach an amicable settlement, that’s something that people are working on on this issue. And when there is any dispute about the water, then the water level is at The more than a century old dam continued to rise, reaching 137.60 feet at 9 am today.
The governor’s statement came a day after the Supreme Court directed the supervisory committee to take a “firm decision” on the maximum water level that should be maintained at Mulberryar Dam. The Supreme Court has directed all concerned authorities to react immediately on an urgent basis on this issue saying that it is related to life.
The court told Kerala’s attorney that its officers should deal responsibly with the relevant officers of Tamil Nadu and the commission involved in the case. Responding to queries in the assembly on Monday, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan lashed out at the bullies on social media, alleging that the ‘Mulipiriar Dam is a danger’ and warned against taking legal action against these elements.
The cabinet also told the state assembly that the government was committed to its demand for a new dam in Mulbierre despite opposition, including from the centre. Government of Nadu for its irrigation and power generation needs.
Kerala insists on building a new dam, citing safety concerns, but Tamil Nadu opposes it, saying the existing structure is robust.