- Palaniswami, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu today on Friday stated that the Kerala government was giving “wrong information” concerning Mullaperiyar dam so that the storage level of water does not rise up to 152 feet.
Talking to the reporters at Mukkombu near Tiruchirappalli, which is about 350 kms from the capital of the state, Mr. Palaniswami denied the allegations planted by the Kerala government that opening of the Mullaperiyar Dam gave rise to floods in the state.
Though, the Mullaperiyar dam is situated in Kerala, it is owned and operated by the Tamil Nadu. As per the orders of the Supreme Court, the water storage level in the dam stands to be 142 feet.
Mr. Palaniswami stated that the water released from the said dam had gone to only one location.
The government of Kerala on Thursday told the Supreme Court that the rapid release of water from Mullaperiyar dam by the government of Tamil Nadu was one of the reasons for the horrifying floods in the state.
On 16th Aug 2018, Mr. Palaniswami in a letter to his Kerala counterpart Vijayan alleged that his officials in the state were not being allowed to assess the rainfall in the watershed area of the Mullaperiyar dam in Kerala and urged the neighbouring state to share the data of rainfall on a real-time basis.
Mr. Palaniswami said, “I would like to point out that Kerala is not permitting our officials to gauge the rainfall in the dam”s catchment area, compelling them to assess the inflow only on the basis of actual rise in dam water level”.
He stated that Tamil Nadu Water Resources Department is managing and regulating water released from the Mullaperiyar dam as per the rate of the inflow.