Theni (TN), Jan 07 (Agencies): A five-member technical team constituted by the Empowered Committee to assess the safety of Mullaperiyar dam inspected it using sophisticated equipments, including waterproof silicon cameras.

Officials said that the committee marked spots at every 100 feet all the along the 1200-feet-long dam before diving down to inspect it on Thursday.

They took photographs of the dam bed, covered with clay and rocks. The team was assisted by former Chief Engineer of Kerala M Sasidharan and R Subramani, head of the Cauvery Technical Committee.
The experts would continue their work on Friday also, Subramani said.

The Supreme Court had constituted the empowered committee early last year, headed by former Chief Justice of India Justice AS Anand, to go into all issues including safety aspects of the more than 110-year-old dam, raising the water level beyond 136 feet and also Kerala's demand for a new dam.

Tamil Nadu and Kerala have been at loggerheads over increasing the height of the dam. While Tamil Nadu wants to increase it from 136 feet to 142 feet, Kerala is opposed to it, saying it would affect thickly populated areas downstream.