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Govt. will Constitute Supervisory Committee for Mullaperiyar Dam
Jun 20, 2014

Union Cabinet has approved a decision to constitute a supervisory committee to determine a solution to the Mullaperiyar Dam dispute between Kerala and Tamil Nadu.  In the light of the Constitution bench of the Supreme Court's decision, a supervisory committee has been approved to be established with regard to the Mullaperiyar Dam in connection with Tamil Nadu and Kerala. The constitution bench has given a mandate to the Government of India (GoI) to establish it.

In his order, the Supreme Court bench quashed the amendments to the Kerala Conservation and Irrigation Act brought in by the Kerala Government in 2006 to restrict the water level to 136 feet after an apex court bench order in February allowed Tamil Nadu to raise it to 142 feet. Delivering the verdict, the court said that there was no safety threat to the dam. It also appointed a supervising committee to look into the dam's workings and restoration. 

The Empowered Committee appointed by the apex court in the issue, had also supported Tamil Nadu's demand, but the Kerala had remained opposed to the plan and had instead demanded that a new dam be built at Mullaperiyar.

The Mullaperiyar Dam has been a politically live wire issue for both Tamil Nadu and Kerala, with the former demanding an increase in the water level in the 116-year-old dam to support its agricultural needs, and the latter opposed to the same over concerns about the old dam's safety. The dam site is in Kerala, but the reservoir mainly serves Tamil Nadu.


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