Stalin writes to Pinarayi Vijayan, says Mullaiperiyar dam storage within permissable level

Chennai: Chief Minister M K Stalin has assured his Kerala counterpart Pinarayi Vijayan that the storage level in Mullaiperiyar dam is within compliance level and that the Tamilnadu government will ensure that the interests of both States and people are safeguarded.

‘Currently, 2,300 cusecs of water are being drawn through the tunnel to the Vaigai basin since 8 am on Wednesday. The current water level is well within the storage level permitted by the Supreme Court and is also compliant with the upper rule levels approved by the Central Water Commission,’ Stalin said in his response to Kerala Chief Minister’s letter dated 24 October.

He also said, ‘The government of Tamilnadu and our people are very concerned about the floods and the resultant damages suffered by Kerala and its people in the last 10 days. I wish to assure you that we will stand with you during these difficult times and would extend any help that is needed for alleviating the sufferings of the people. In this regard, I have already instructed the Collectors of the border districts of our State to extend all help and ensure the supply of all items needed for flood relief.’

He added: ‘I have discussed with the officials concerned and have directed them to continue to closely monitor the water levels and regulate the outflow accordingly. In addition, I have specifically asked them to share in advance, all the necessary information on water position and release, if any, so that your government can initiate such precautionary measures needed before the release of water. I once again wish to assure you that my government will ensure that the interests of both States and our people are well safeguarded.’

 

NT Bureau