Situated in Kerala, Mullaperiyar Dam
is built on the river Periyar. Mullaperiyar Dam was built between 1887 and 1895 by the Britishers. This dam was built to divert water towards Madras. The Mullaperiyar Dam
is and the Periyar river is owned by Kerala.
Mullaperiyar Dam Controversy
Recently there has been controversy surrounding the Mullaperiyar dam
. The Mullaperiyar Dam Controversy
is as follows, for Tamil Nadu, Mullaperiyar dam
and the diverted Periyar waters act as a lifeline for Theni, Madurai, Sivaganga and Ramnad Districts, providing water for irrigation, drinking and generation of power in Lower Periyar Power Station. Tamil Nadu has insisted on exercising its unfettered rights to control the Mullaperiyar dam
and its waters, based on the 1866 lease agreement. Kerala has pointed out the unfairness in the 1886 lease agreement and has challenged the validity of this agreement.
However safety concerns posed by the 116 year old Mullaperiyar dam
to the safety of the people of Kerala in the event of a dam collapse, have been the focus of disputes from 2009 onward. Kerala's proposal for decommissioning the Mullaperiyar dam
and construction of a new dam, has been challenged by Tamil Nadu Governement. The Mullaperiyar Dam controversy
has taken a political turn and if not resolved lots of lives will be endangered.
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