Thiruvananthapuram: The State government on Saturday filed a case in the Supreme Court for lowering the water level in the Mullaperiyar dam.
The move is in accordance with a decision taken by the State cabinet earlier the day.
"The cabinet discussed the rising water level at the Mullaperiyar dam. It has reached 140.8 feet. We will file a case today (Saturday) in the Supreme Court to see that it is reduced to 136 feet," Chief Minister Oommen Chandy had said in a statement.
At the cabinet meeting Thursday, it was decided that tough steps will be taken if the level touches 140 feet.
Kerala and Tamil Nadu have been at loggerheads over the dam, built under an 1886 accord between the then Maharaja of Travancore and the erstwhile British Raj.
The water level has breached the 140 feet-mark on two earlier occasions. In 1992 it touched 143.8 feet and in 1995 it was 141.60 feet.
On Friday, Chandy wrote to his counterpart in Tamil Nadu highlighting the dangerous levels to which the water level has risen due to the heavy rainfall in the past few days.
In his letter, Chandy asked O. Panneerselvam to ensure that his state draws more water from the dam.
In May this year, the apex court had struck down a Kerala assembly act restricting the water level at 136 feet. It also gave the safety standards at the dam a clean chit.