NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court-empowered Committee on Mullaiperiyar dam that met here on Sunday will meet again on Monday to finalise the draft report that will be submitted to the SC by the month end.
The committee’s tenure ends by the month end, and it has decided not to seek an extension. Today, it was revealed that the committee has received a letter written from the Tamil Nadu government to the Kerala chief secretary that the “Tamil Nadu side was not being allowed to carry out inspections, and repair works, on the dam”.
The high-powered committee, however, decided that it would not interfere between the two States, as “the letter was not addressed to the committee”.
In Sunday’s meeting, the committee discussed reports on measures being taken to ensure the dam’s safety. The reports have been collated from different agencies, sources said. The final draft report is on the dam’s safety, however, the committee’s final stand is not known.
Justice KT Thomas is representing Kerala and Justice AR Lakshmanan has been representing Tamil Nadu in the committee.
The Mullaiperiyar dam has been the bone of contention between the two states, leading to high-pitched emotional political rhetoric in both the states against each other. The emotive issue has also been electoral fodder for parties during elections.