Mullaperiyar opens on History Day; 135 years for lease

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  • The spillway was raised from Mullaperiyar and the water flowed to Idukki on a historic day.

  • October 29 is important for the Mullaperiyar Dam.

  • The Periyar Lease Agreement was signed on October 29, 1886, for the construction of a dam across the Periyar River to carry water to Tamil Nadu.

The spillway was raised from Mullaperiyar and the water flowed to Idukki on a historic day. October 29 is important for the Mullaperiyar Dam. The Periyar Lease Agreement was signed on October 29, 1886, for the construction of a dam across the Periyar River to carry water to Tamil Nadu.

The agreement was signed by Diwan V Ramayankar on behalf of Travancore and Secretary of State John Child Hannington on behalf of the Madras Presidency. The dam was built 10 km below the confluence of the Periyar River with the Mullayar. Eight thousand acres of forest land were leased to store water in the dam, which was built at a height of 155 feet. In addition, 100 acres were given for the construction of the dam.

The current rent is around Rs 10 lakh. This is what Tamil Nadu gives to Kerala every year. Construction of the dam began in September 1887. The dam was opened in 1895. With the construction of the dam, desert-like southern Tamil Nadu became arable. Today, Mullaperiyar water is used by lakhs of acres in Theni, Madurai, Dindigul, Ramanathapuram, and Sivaganga districts for agriculture and freshwater for human consumption. In addition, several power projects are in operation, including in Lower Camp.

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