The Supreme Court is hearing a plea by the Kerala government to ensure that water level in Mullaperiyar dam's reservoir is not allowed to exceed 139 feet, three feet below the permissible limit of 142 feet prescribed by the 2014 judgment of the top court.
The Supreme Court had in 2018, passed an order to maintain water level at 139 feet during the Kerala floods as a temporary arrangement.
The Kerala government in its present plea has asked for a similar prayer in view of the incessant rains in the State which has led to a rise in water level in the reservoir.
The court had on October 25, asked the expert committee appointed by it to give its opinion on the issue.
The committee suggested that the water level can go up to 142 feet as suggested by the top court in 2014.
The Kerala government has, however, dissented from the expert committee's decision and has also submitted a note in Supreme Court explaining how the dam is "extremely vulnerable" and should be decommissioned and a new dam constructed.
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