Mullaperiyar dam: SC asks Centre, TN, Kerala to set up panels to deal with any 'unpredictable' disaster occurring on-site

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday directed the Centre, and the Tamil Nadu and Kerala governments to set up three separate committees to exclusively deal with any "unpredictable" disaster that may occur at the site of the over 180-year-old Mullaperiyar dam.

A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice DY Chandrachud, however, clarified that the proposed panels would only deal with the disaster aspect of the dam situated in Kerala.

It made clear that the issues relating to safety and life span of the historic dam would continue to be dealt with by an existing panel, which was set up following the five-judge Constitution bench verdict in 2014.

The resevoir of the Mulllaperiyar dam. PTI

The resevoir of the Mulllaperiyar dam. PTI

The bench was hearing a petition filed by Kerala-based Russel Joy, seeking a direction to authorities concerned that a study be conducted by international experts on the issue of safety and life span of the dam. He has also sought decommissioning of the dam on the ground that it has become too old and the right to life of persons residing in the downstream area has been infringed.

Over three million residents who live near the dam are in constant fear that any disaster may hit them in the near future.

The bench considered the plea and disposed it after directing the three governments to set up separate panels to deal with any impending disaster.


Updated Date: Jan 11, 2018 13:38 PM

Also Watch

Watch: Firstpost test rides the new Thunderbird 500X in Goa and walks you through the Royal Enfield Garage Cafe
  • Tuesday, April 17, 2018 Varun Dhawan on Shoojit Sircar's October, 5-star reviews and working with Anushka Sharma in Sui Dhaaga
  • Saturday, April 14, 2018 Ambedkar Jayanti: Re-visiting Babasaheb's ideals exposes fake Dalit politics of Rahul Gandhi and Congress
  • Monday, April 9, 2018 48 hours with Huawei P20 Pro: Triple camera offering is set to redefine smartphone imaging
  • Monday, April 16, 2018 Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore interview: Sports can't be anyone's fiefdom, we need an ecosystem to nurture raw talent

Also See