Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanisamy on Friday denied the allegation made by Kerala in an affidavit in the Supreme Court that release of excess water from Mullaperiyar was one of the reasons for the floods in the State.
The Supreme Court, however, directed Tamil Nadu to maintain the level at Mullaperiyar at 139 ft till Aug 31 in view of floods in Kerala. Talking to reporters in Tiruchi after inspecting a bridge across Kollidam river which collapsed under the weight of surging water, Palanisamy said Tamil Nadu started releasing water from Mullaperiyar one week after Kerala was hit by floods.
He said Tamil Nadu started releasing water, at the rate of 12,000 cusecs when the level reached 139 ft and as many three flood alerts were issued to people living downstream. He asked how release from one dam, Mullaperiyar, could be blamed for the State-wide floods in Kerala. The Tamil Nadu which filed its counter in the Supreme Court on Friday, said the main reason for the floods was the release of 36,28 t.m.c ft water from Idukki and Idamalayar dams between Aug 14 and 19.
It said when the level in Mullaperiyar reached 140 ft on Aug 15, 1.24 t.m.c. ft of water was released into Idukki dam. The same day, Kerala released 13.79 t.m.c.ft water from the dam. Likewise, when Tamil Nadu released 2 t.m.c ft on August 16, Kerala released 4,47 t.m.c.ft, the counter said.