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Mullaperiyar Dam: SC asks Centre, Tamil Nadu, Kerala to set up panels

Team SoOLEGAL 11 Jan 2018 2:27pm

Mullaperiyar Dam: SC asks Centre, Tamil Nadu, Kerala to set up panels

Today, The Supreme Court ordered the Central Government and the States of Kerala and Tamil Nadu to constitute a committee each to deal with disaster management issues with respect to the Mullaperiyar dam.

A Bench of CJI Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud passed the order, in a petition filed by one, Russel Joy, raising among other issues, the lack of preparedness in the event of a disaster.

Advocate Manoj V George appeared for the petitioner with Attorney General KK Venugopal representing the Centre.

The petitioner raised the following issues in the matter:

  • Life span of the dam
  • Alleviating fear of persons living downstream
  • Special Disaster Management scheme in view of the special features of the dam
  • Persons who live in the proximity of the dam compelled to live in constant fear which violates Article 21.

The Court noted the above before directing that the Centre, TN and Kerala to constitute committees to deal with disaster management with respect to Mullaperiyar dam.

The Court in its order also made it clear that its directions do not suggest that there is any question mark with respect to the safety of the dam.

In 2014, the SC had found that the Mullaperiyar dam was secure enough to allow Tamil Nadu to increase the water levels to 142 feet from its than 136 feet. Subsequent pleas made by Kerala to review its verdict, citing apprehensions that the dam was not safe enough, were also dismissed by the Apex Court.

Tagged: Supreme Court   Mullaperiyar Dam   Tamil Nadu   Kerala   CJI Dipak Misra   Justice A M Khanwilkar   Justice D Y Chandrachud  
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