SC urges steps to lower Mullaperiyar storage

A Bench comprising Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud was hearing a petition filed by Russel Joy, a resident of Idukki district where the dam is located. Mr. Joy, represented by advocate Manoj George, highlighted that the water level in the dam was dangerously high and a source of constant fear for people in an “already submerged Kerala.” The petitioner urged the court to hand over the dam to the National Executive Committee under the Disaster Management Act, 2005, to avert another tragedy. On Thursday, the court had directed that these committees meet on Friday with the authorities of Kerala and Tamil Nadu to see if the water level could be brought down to at least 139 feet. On Friday, Additional Solicitor General P.S. Narasimha, appearing for the Centre, read out a text message he had received about the meeting held earlier in the day among the committees and competent authorities from Tamil Nadu and Kerala, who joined in via video conferencing.

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