Chennai: Kerala Chief Minister Pinayari Vijayan sought the intervention of Chief Minister M K Stalin on Thursday in ensuring that that shutters of the Mullaiperiyar dam, situated in Idukki district of his State, were not opened without prior warning in future with a view to dispelling the anxiety and apprehensions of people living downstream.
Reacting to the opening of shutters V1 and V8 of the Mullaiperiyar reservoir, in which the water level had touched 142 feet due to heavy rains in the catchment areas, at 3 am on Thursday, letting out 6,413 cusecs initially and then opening all shutters after an hour leading to an outward flow of 8,017 cusecs, Vijayan wrote a letter to Stalin expressing his concerns.
He said that the water had been released from Mullaiperiyar for the second time without information in the last three days, adding that over 5,700 cusecs were let out on Sunday, too, and that in both occasions it had led to flooding of houses and other places downstream.
Reiterating his stand that Tamil Nadu should get adequate water while the safety of Kerala was ensured, Vijayan told Stalin that the water release from the dam should be gradual and done after prior warning.
He also expressed concern over releasing water at night and at early morning houses.