NHRC defers hearing on Mullaperiyar issue till March

The National Human Rights Commission today deferred till March, the hearing on the matter of Mullaperiyar  Dam issue and said that it will wait until the Supreme Court appointed Committee's submit its report.
A senior NHRC official said that the decision was taken at a meeting of the full commission of the NHRC on the dam issue.  
The official added that, the Commission has decided to wait until the empowered committee submit its report on February 29.
The NHRC has last week decided to refer the case to the Full Commission following a representation by Kerala MP's.
The Mullaperiyar Dam in Kerala's Iddukki District has been a sparring point for the state with Tamil Nadu for quite some time. While Tamil Nadu wants to increase the water-level in the reservoir, Kerala has been insisting that it has been reduced from 136 feet to 120 feet.
Kerala is willing to construct a new dam for supplying water to Tamil Nadu, which is opposing the move concerned over losing control over the functionality of the dam.
Various groups in Kerala had been arguing that the dam cannot withstand higher magnitude earthquakes and posed a threat to lives and properties of over three million people in the states of Iddukki, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Alappuzha and Pathanamthitta districts of Kerala state.
News reported by AR for Newsvision newspaper

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