Water level in Mullaperiyar Dam reaches 136 ft: First alert declared
Water level in Mullaperiyar Dam reaches 136 ft: First alert declared

Water level in Mullaperiyar Dam reaches 136 ft: First alert declared


Kumali: With the water level in the Mullaperiyar Dam rising to 136 ft, authorities gave the first stage warning. The maximum capacity of the dam is 142 ft. Heavy rain is continuing in the catchment areas of the dam. There is increase in the water flow into the dam. Water will be released to Tamil Nadu if the level reaches 142 ft. It is learnt that the spillway shutters of the dam will be raised and water will flow to the Idukki dam only if the rain strengthens to an extent that makes it difficult for Tamil Nadu to receive water. At the same time, draining water to the Idukki dam through the spillway shutters might raise threats to the persons residing on each sides of river Periyar. Tamil Nadu will receive 400 cubic ft of water through 4 penstock pipes. If required, more water will be drained through Irachipalam bridge. Tamil Nadu has raised a demand for increasing the maximum capacity of the dam from 142 ft to 152 ft. They have demanded to raise the level from 136 ft to 142 ft and then to 152 ft. The level was increased to 142 ft according to the order of Supreme Court in 2014. Now, they are attempting to raise it to the level of 152 ft.



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