Idukki : Nine out of ten shutters at Mullaperiyar dam opened earlier owing surge in water levels, have now been closed. These shutters were opened in pre-dawn hours of Thursday, without Tamil Nadu issuing any prior information. Currently the lone shutter that’s open is raised to 10 cms only.
The unwarned opening inundated Vallakadav region with water gushing into houses suddenly in sleep hours.
This is the fourth time in a month’s time that Tamil Nadu opened dam shutters in later hours after 10 pm, without prior information to residents.
Meanwhile, water level in the dam continues to remain at 142 ft. District Collector has relayed instruction asking residents along Periyar to remain alert.
Two shutters were opened in similar fashion two days back. All of the dam’s shutters were closed yesterday morning however, with rains again, 10 shutters were raised this dawn releasing 8000 cusecs of water.
Revenue Minister K Rajan reacted to the unannounced shutter openings saying, it was wrong to have done.