April 25th, 2012
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Final empowered committee report submitted before SC

mullaperiyar-damNew Delhi: The finalized report prepared by the five-member Empowered Committee (EC), headed by former Chief Justice of India AS Anand on the safety of the Mullaperiyar dam dispute between Kerala and Tamil Nadu has been submitted to the Supreme Court.

“The panel members have taken an oath that they would not disclose anything on the content of the report. The SC has directed us that they (the judges) should not be informed anything on the report through media before they actually see the report. But I can assure you this is an exhaustive report.

No other dam issue has been studied in so much detail,” justice Thomas said. The report that has eight chapters was prepared after examining the reports it had received from various agencies constituted by it on the strengthening measures as well as on the safety and security of the dam. The empowered committee under former Chief Justice of India justice A S Anand was appointed in February 2010 and was granted four extensions. The committee was earlier planning to submit its report on February 29 but they later submitted a ‘status report’ to the Supreme Court saying that it would take another two months if it were to include the results of the dam core testing in the final report.


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