A Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court allowed the raising of water level in Mullaperiyar dam and appointed a supervising committee to look into its workings and restoration.
While striking down the Kerala Irrigation Water Conservation Act, the 5 judge Bench said “the water level in the dam could be increased to 142 feet from 136 feet and the maintenance and the cleaning work at the dam would be undertaken under the supervision of a three-member committee.”
The Apex Court’s order came in pursuance of an application by Tamil Nadu government, seeking directions to Kerala to permit maintenance and cleaning of the dam by it.
While the dam is located in Kerala, its waters serve Tamil Nadu. Kerala is seeking a new dam and has offered to build and fund it but Tamil Nadu has been engaged in a protracted legal battle.