THENI: Tamil Nadu Public Works Department should inform the Kerala Forest and Irrigation Department officials two days before transporting materials for maintenance works to Mullaiperiyar dam, said the members of sub-committee appointed to monitor the dam, at Kumily on Wednesday.
The five-member sub-committee consisting of Umberji Harish Girish, EE of Central Water Commission, Madhavan, EE-PWD of Tamil Nadu, Soundaram, AE-PWD, George Daniel, EE of Minor Irrigation Department of Kerala and Praseed, AE of the same department, visited the Mullaiperiyar dam in a boat and inspected the main dam, baby dam and gallery for two hours besides inspecting the level of the dam and its seepage. Later, an official meeting was held at Kumily.
The state PWD Department had on Monday sent a sand-laden lorry to Mullaiperiyar dam site to carry out some maintenance works. However, the vehicle was stopped by the Kerala officials at Vallakadavu checkpost for about five hours.
The issue was discussed and it was decided that the vehicles carrying materials would not be stopped if the TN PWD officials informed Kerala Forest and Irrigation Department officials two days in advance.