An expert team led by Parameswaran Nair, special advisor for the Kerala Government Dams Protection Commission, comprised chief engineer of the Kerala Irrigation Department, N Sasi and former chief engineer of the Kerala State Electricity Board, M Sasidharan from Kerala inspected the Mullaiperiyar dam on 30-10-2008 and found that the Tamil Nadu Government had violated the agreement with Kerala.
Speaking to reporters, Parameswarar Nair said the Kerala government had directed a three-member team to inspect the Mullaiperiyar dam. Under the guidance from the Central Water Resources Commission, the Tamil Nadu Government had erected cable anchors in 95 spots along the dam. But the Kerala team which surveyed the cable anchors said the Tamil Nadu government had violated the agreement regarding these anchors.
In 1980, when the reinforcement work on the dam was in progress, it was agreed that 95 cable anchors should be erected at a distance of 9 feet each. Now the Tamil Nadu government had revised this number. Sri. Parameswaran Nair said with the storage level being increased to 136 ft, all 13 shutters should have been raised, but violating this rule, the Tamil Nadu government had lowered the shutters half way. Water was found leaking from two places. He asked the Tamil Nadu officials for a map of the cable anchors and said the team would submit its inspection report to the Kerala Government.
Tamil Nadu PWD Deputy Executive Engineer Thiagarajan, Assistant Engineers Dinesh Kannan, Tamilchelvan and Sandanakumar accompanied the Kerala team.