The Supreme Court has come down harshly on the governments of Tamil Nadu and Kerala for exacerbating an already tense situation on the border between the two southern states because of the Mullaperiyar dam. Kerala says the 116-year-old dam, which is located on its territory, is unsafe, citing various studies to support its stand. The Supreme Court has appointed an empowered committee to decide on the safety of the facility. The solution may be more political in nature—Kerala considers the treaty governing the dam as being unfair.
Water overflowing through the spillway of the controversial Mullaperiyardam in Idukki district in Kerala on Tuesday. PTI
Leaders on both sides should heed the Supreme Court’s advice. With their source of water at stake, tempers ran high on the Tamil Nadu side on Tuesday, police using force to stop people from marching across the border.
This dispute shouldn’t be allowed to escalate—it will have ramifications beyond a dam on the Periyar.