Mullaperiyar Police Station

Mullapperiyar Police Station was opened by Sri.Ramesh Chennithala, Honorable Minister for Home and Vigilance on 11.01.2016 as per government order No. 98/2016/Home Dated 11.01.16. This station have been formed for the protection of Mullapperiyar Dam and surroundings. Formerly a Guard post of Armed reserve Idukki give the protection for Mullapperiyar dam. The Police Station functioning at a building provided temporarily by Forest department at Vallakkadavu.

The construction of Mullaperiyar dam commenced during the year 1886 and was commissioned on 10.10.1895.  For the purpose of irrigation in Ramanad state of present Tamil Nadu, an agreement was executed between the then Travancore Diwan Sri. V.Ramaiengar and Madras State Secretory Sri J.C. Hannyngton whereby water for the irrigation purpose in Ramanad State will be supplied from the dam constructed at Mullaperiyar in Travancore State, for a period of 999 years.  After the formation of Kerala State, the said agreement was renewed in 1970 by the Chief Minister of Kerala Sri. K. Achuthamenon and the Tamilnadu Government.

Mullaperiyar dam is situated at a place 15 k.m away from Thekkady boat landing towards North-West and can get access either by water  from Thekkady Boat landing or by ghat road from Forest check post Vallakadavu.   Until 1961, the security of Mullaperiyar dam was looked after by Tamilnadu Police and from 1961 on wards it is taken up  by Kerala Police. From 1961 to 2016,  guard consisting of a Guard Commander and  3 police personnel were deployed for the security of the dam.  For years,  the safety of the dam has been a matter of concern for the people of Kerala, particularly for those living on the banks of the Periyar river, which forced them to take the fight to the street and stage  a protest  so aggressively  drawing the attention nationwide. Political parties forgetting their differences  took over the protest, demanding the safety measures.  It led to the  war of words and virtual fight between the people of two states Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Under this circumstance, the government of Kerala deployed more armed police force for the safety of the dam.  Taking the extreme steps, Tamil Nadu approached the Supreme Court, appealing to handing over the responsibility of guarding the dam to the Central Force.  In retaliation, a Special Assembly Session was convened by Kerala Government and discussed on the authority  of the government of Kerala over the safety of dam and its responsibility to protect the life and property of those who live on the banks of the Periyar river. Accordingly GO:(MS.)No:154/2015/Home-dtd 28-7-2015 was issued and Mullaperiyar  Police Station with a strength consisting of 124 officials including DySP. SHO, three Inspectors, four SI's, SCPO's 20, CPO's 96, started functioning in the building owned by the the  Forest Department on 11.01.2016.