The Supreme Court on Tuesday proposed that the states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu have been engaged in a prolonged legal battle so the best way is a supervisory committee on the Mullaperiyar dam which could be authorised with all the duties falling under the purview of the newly introduced Dam Safety Act until a new authority comes into force
Taking cognisance of the effectiveness of Dam Safety Act in solving the long-standing dispute between the states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala over the Mullaperiyar Dam, the Supreme Court directed the Central government on Thursday to file details regarding the establishment and scope of the National Dam Safety Authority under the Dam Safety Act, 2021.
Today the three judge bench of the Supreme Court headed by Justice Khanwilkar resumed the hearing of the Mullaperiyar Dam matter the safety of which is the bone of contention between State of Tamil Nadu and State of Kerala. Sr. Adv., Mr. Jaideep Gupta appearing on behalf of the Respondent- State of Kerala had summarized the background of the matter yesterday while also laying down certain contentions.
The State of Kerala has informed the Supreme Court that fresh review of the safety of 126-year-old Mullaperiyar Dam should be conducted by an independent panel of experts comprising qualified Engineers and experts in the respective fields i.e. design, geology, hydrology, hydro-Mechanical dam safety, construction and supervision, instrumentation, seismicity.
The Supreme Court will on Monday hear a fresh petition concerning the imminent threat to the safety of more than a century old Mullaperiyar Dam by unprecedented rains or seismic activity, alleging that in case it collapses, millions of citizens of Kerala will perish.