Tamil Nadu had opened 10 of the 13 shutters of the dam in the wee hours of Thursday to let out nearly 10,000 cusecs of water from the dam which ultimately resulted in water levels rising
With the Mullaiperiyar dam water level reaching 141 ft on Thursday, a second flood alert was issued by the Public Works Department officials.
The water level in Mullaiperiyar dam has reached 140.35 feet against its total capacity of 142 feet. For the last one month, the areas near the dam has been receiving continuous rains.
'There could be differences among the political parties in Tamil Nadu, but when it comes to the rights of the state, all parties and leaders have to raise their vocie,' said O Panneerselvam.
Earlier in the day, the minister and Collector KV Muralidharan attended a meeting to review developmental activities in the district.
Party coordinator O Panneerselvam, who led the agitation at Cumbum in Theni district, said,
The Minister’s clarification comes in the wake of charges levelled by the AIADMK and BJP for the past few of weeks over the release of water.
The BJP leader said, “ Stalin has surrendered before the Kerala government.
“Now, the question before the DMK government is this: Whether the water was released from the dam unilaterally by Kerala or was it done with the Tamil Nadu’s consent?
Chief Minister MK Stalin on Saturday thanked his Kerala counterpart Pinarayi Vijayan for granting permission to fell 15 trees downstream of the baby dam at the Mullaiperiyar dam site.
“As per the Supreme Court instructions, several technical committees had inspected the dam and vouched for its good condition.
Chief Minister MK Stalin is ceding the State’s rights of Mullaiperiyar to Kerala with an eye for deputy prime minister’s position, said BJP state president K Annamalai.
Panneerselvam and Palaniswami condemned State Water Resources Minister Durai Murugan, saying he yielded to pressure from the neighbouring State.
Later briefing mediapersons, Panneerselvam said the level of water storage capacity at Mullaiperiyar dam was raised from 136 feet to 142 feet following a long legal battle by Jayalalithaa.
Stating that some reports erroneously claimed the dam was being operated with ulterior motives, the minister said such reports should be avoided considering the interests of both States.