SC no to foreign safety assessment of Mullaperiyar Dam


The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed a plea for direction to the Centre to engage an international agency to assess the safety of the 120-year-old Mullaperiyar Dam in Kerala that is maintained by Tamil Nadu.

The Bench noted that a committee had been formed to cover the aspects of safety and lifespan of the dam as ordered by a Constitution Bench of the court in May 2014.

The petition is filed by advocate Russell Joy, who represents about three million people who live in the dam’s downstream area, and also they live in fear.