Arrangements have been made to relocate people living in downstream areas of the dam to safer places in case the need so arises. Considering the urgency of the situation, Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy yesterday shot off a letter to his Tamil Nadu counterpart J Jayalalithaa asking her to issue strict directions to her officials to start at once the discharge of water in a 'controlled manner' and to increase withdrawal to the Vaigai reservoir in that state.
"The Kerala government is extremely concerned about the potential danger to people living in downstream areas of the Mullaperiyar dam by a sudden, emergent opening of spillway gates as also the submergence of forest land with wild animals,” he stated.
"We reiterate that it is most dangerous to wait till the water level reaches 142 feet for the operation of spillway gates considering the meagre storage space and consequent danger to the downstream people," Chandy said.

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