December 12th, 2011
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Mullaperiyar: DMK demands increase in water level

Supreme courtNew Delhi: DMK leaders submitted a petition before the Supreme Court asking it to reject Kerala Governments demand of reducing the Mullaperiyar dam water level to 120 feet. Instead they have asked the apex court to grant permission to increase the water level further. The Supreme Court will tommorrow, consider a total of three petitions submitted before it regarding the Mullaperiyar issue. The petitions have been submitted by Kerala and the Tamil Nadu governments.

On December 8, 2011 the Kerala Government had submitted a new petition in Supreme Court seeking permission to reduce the water level of the Mullaperiyar dam at the earliest.  The state has asked permission to reduce the water level to 120 feet. In its petition submitted before the Supreme court, the state has said that  incase the Tamil Nadu government expresses discontent, the apex court should give the Mullaperiyar dam safety authority the permission to reduce the water level of the dam.

It has also stated that the recent earthquakes near Mullaperiyar has caused significant damage to the dam and caution must be employed. In the petition the state has given a list of the number of attacks, the intensity of seismic waves, and the kind of damage it caused to the dam.



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