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Mullaperiyar Dam Not Safe, Will Need Tweaking In The Long Run: Kerala Government Tells Supreme Court

Lawstreet Journal 25 Mar 2022 8:31pm

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Senior Advocate Jaideep Gupta argued before the Supreme Court on Wednesday in the subject of the Mullaperiyar dam's safety, saying in the long term, the process of building a new dam must begin with consideration of the Mullaperiyar dam's safety.

The key issues, according to a bench of Justice AM Khanwilkar, Justice Abhay S Oka, and Justice CT Ravikumar, are the height of the water level and storage level, water release, instrumentation modernization, and the reconstruction of an independent supervisory committee to look into these matters.

The remarks were made in a writ suit stressing the Supreme Court-appointed Supervisory Committee's inaction in overseeing the material and safety components of the Mullaperiyar Dam and advocating effective dam monitoring.

Gupta submitted before the bench that the nature of the dispute in this matter is dam safety, "Kerala is before Your Lordships arguing that the dam is not safe, safety depends on the height of the water. More volume of water is pressing against the dam, there is less space to hold the water."

"The expert committee constituted by the Central Government had suggested raising the water level in the reservoir which raises the dispute," Gupta added.

Arguing over the issue of instrumentation, Gupta submitted that this dam doesn't have seismicity technology at all that is to determine the temperature. "The Instrumentation is inadequate and what is there is not functioning," Gupta argued.

Gupta maintained that every dam has one peak per year, whereas Mullaperiyar has two peaks per year, which is unacceptable in… Continue Reading...

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