The Tamil Nadu government on Saturday told the Supreme Court that a social media campaign was being run against the Mullaperiyar dam and asserted that it is hydrologically, structurally and seismically safe, The Hindu reported.

The Tamil Nadu government made the statement in response to opposition from the Kerala government to raising the water level at the dam to 142 feet.

The Mullaperiyar dam, situated in the Idukki district on the Periyar River in Kerala, is 126-year-old. It is managed by the Tamil Nadu government.

The two states have been caught in a dispute, as Kerala has called for a new reservoir to be constructed citing structural problems with the Mullaperiyar dam.

The Tamil Nadu government on Saturday cited a 2012 report of an Empowered Committee, which said that there are no limits specified for the life of a dam, Bar and Bench reported.

“On the life of the dam, the Empowered Committee has stated that the dam’s life is linked to the inherent health and care through maintenance, repair and rehabilitation,” the government said.

Senior advocate Shekhar Naphade, appearing for the Tamil Nadu government, said that a supervisory committee set up seven years ago is constantly monitoring safety aspects related to the dam. He said that decommissioning the dam would be in contravention to several judgements of the Supreme Court, according to…

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