Officials to check Mullaperiyar for cracks
A team from Kerala will check if damage occurred after a low intensity tremor rocked parts of Idukki district Friday...
KOCHI: A team of officials led by Kerala Revenue Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishanan will visit Mullaiperiyar Dam tomorrow in the wake of reports that the over 100 year-old dam had developed cracks after a low intensity tremor rocked various parts of Idukki district yesterday.
"I do not think there is cause of any worry, but it is being viewed seriously', Chief Minister Oommen Chandy told reporters here.
Revenue Minister,who has the charge of Disaster Management will be visiting the dam along with officials and experts and would be submitting a report to the government, he said.
Minor cracks were found in the upper surface of Mullaiperiyar dam, over which it is locked in a row with Tamil Nadu.
The cracks were suspected to have occurred after the tremor of magnitude of 2.3 on the Richter scale which rocked parts of high range Idukki district and Kottayam yesterday.
Kerala is arguing for construction of a new dam at Mullaperiyar in place of the nearly 115 year old one. Tamil Nadu is against this, saying it would deprive water for irrigation to five districts of the state.