Mullaperiyar Dam Water Rising Idukki at Risk

Published on: 06 Aug, 2013
Published under: Idukki District News

5 August 2013
Kattappana

In view of the increase in water level, seven control rooms have started functioning at vulnerable areas of the Mullaperiyar dam.District Collector Ajit Patil on Sunday visited the dam and held a meeting with officials of revenue, police, forest and Fire and Rescue Services at the Peerumade taluk office.

Tamil Nadu had been asked to draw maximum water to keep the level low than the capacity of 136 ft, Mr. Patil said. He said the level was 132.8 ft now. The control rooms were functioning at Kumily, Periyar, Elappara, Upputhara, and Manjumala village offices and at the Peerumade taluk office and the Vallakadavu forest office.

The offices were functioning 24 hours and would remain open until August 15. The offices would continue to work beyond August 15 if the wet spell continued, Mr. Patil said.There would be complete coordination between various departments for meeting any challenge, he said. Safety zones had been marked at many places and fences there removed for easy movement of the people.

Water level in the Idukki dam was 2,385.30 ft against the full level of 2,403 ft. Once the Mullaperiyar dam reaches full level, water will flow down to the Idukki reservoir.

Source– http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/kerala/mullaperiyar-level-rising-idukki-on-alert/article4989087.ece

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