Water Resources Minister Roshy Augustine said that the Irrigation Department had been planning to buy a new boat for its officials since the water was allegedly released by Tamil Nadu from Mullaperiyar dam without prior warning in November 2021.
Experts say the report's reference goes against the apex court's direction to hold an independent study
A bench presided over by Justice M R Shah directed the Centre to file an affidavit that contains other details regarding the State Dam Safety Committee.
The 127-year-old existing structure, a masonry gravity dam on the River Periyar, is located at Kumily Panchayat within Peermade taluk of Idukki district.
While the tunnel discharge was 750 cusecs, the average inflow was 1,687.5 cusecs.
The Hyderabad-based agency studied the environmental impact the proposed structure may cause to the catchment areas of existing and planned dams.
The dam will be opened if the water level crosses 142 ft.
Meanwhile, the red alert in the Idukki Dam still continues even though the water lever has receded.
With water flowing to the Periyar River from Mullaperiyar Dam, houses located in areas such as Manchumala, Aattoram, Kadassikadavu and Karuppupalam were flooded
He asked everyone to remain cautious as the water inflow to the dams and reservoirs is still strong due to rains in the eastern part of Kerala.