Monday, May 16 2022 | Time 21:09 Hrs(IST)
States » South

Huge water leakage from Baby Dam in Kerala causes threat to people living downstream

Huge water leakage from Baby Dam in Kerala causes threat to people living downstream

Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 21 (UNI) The leakage of water in large quantity from the Baby Dam of 'giant' 126-year-old Mullaperiyar dam in the Idukki district of Kerala is causing threat to people living downstream.
The water leakage from Baby Dam in excess quantity was followed by maintaining the water level of Mullaperiyar dam at 142 ft, sources said on Tuesday.
Water reaches Baby Dam when the water level crosses 118 ft in Mullaperiyar dam, which comprises the main dam, the Baby Dam, an earthen dam and the spillway.
The leakage in excess quantity was found on the ground portion of the baby dam, this was noticed in a recent inspection by the officials of the Kerala Water Resources Department.
On November 17, 2021, mild earth quakes were reported at three villages in Pala, which is about 36 km away from Idukki where Mullaperiyar dam and Cheruthoni-Idukki Dam are situated.
The tremors with a magnitude of 1.9 on the Richter scale occurred in three villages, Edamattom, Bharananganam and Panackapalam of Meenachil Taluk in Kottayam district.
Any mishap with the Mullaperiyar dam can lead to a cascading effect in another Idukki Dam located downstream of Mullaperiyar Dam, causing concern for 3.5 million people living downstream.
Earlier, the Kerala filed an Interlocutory Application (IA) in the Supreme Court seeking its urgent intervention on Mullaperiyar dam issue as Tamil Nadu, with its unilateral actions, continued to release huge quantity of water during night time without a warning thereby causing a threat to people living downstream, Water Resources Minister Roshy Augustine earlier said.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan earlier had urged Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin to take steps to issue prior notice before releasing water from Mullaperiyar dam.
In a letter to MK Stalin, Mr Vijayan expressed concern over releasing water in huge quantity without issuing a prior notice which is causing panic among people living downstream of the Mullaperiyar dam operated by the Tamil Nadu.
Mr Augustine urged the Tamil Nadu government earlier to reduce the water level below 142 ft in view of incessant rains in the catchment areas causing heavy inflow into the dam.

More News

Hindu activists seek offering prayers at Tipu Sultan built mosque

16 May 2022 | 8:41 PM

Bengaluru, May 16 (UNI) Close on the heels of Gyanvapi Mosque complex case in Varanasi, the Hindu activists have sought permission from Mandya district administration to offer prayers at Jamia Masjid built by Tipu Sultan.

see more..

Horatti resigns as Council Chairman

16 May 2022 | 7:56 PM

Bengaluru, May 16 (UNI) Senior JD(S) leader Basavaraj Horatti on Monday resigned as the Chairman of Karnataka Legislative Council and MLC to join the BJP.

see more..

Dr Ramesh appointed as JNTUK food technology chief

16 May 2022 | 7:41 PM

Kakinada, May 16 (UNI) In the internal transfers effected in the JNTUK under the instructions of the Vice chancellor Prof GVR Prasadaraju, Dr M. Ramesh, head of the bio technology wing, has been appointed as the chief of the School of food technology.

see more..

Man, son killed as bullock cart falls into well

16 May 2022 | 6:42 PM

Guntur, May 16 (UNI) A man and his son were killed when a bullock cart on which they were returning home from the field fell into an agriculture well at Gangireddypalem village in Nacharam Mandal in Palnadu district on Monday.

see more..

Unseasonal rains in parts of Telangana cause heavy damage to paddy & other crops

16 May 2022 | 6:15 PM

Hyderabad, May 16 (UNI) Unseasonal rains in parts of Telangana on Sunday night and Monday morning caused heavy damage to paddy and other crops.

see more..