India, May 14 -- The Tamil Nadu government has filed a contempt plea in the Supreme Court against Kerala charging it with constructing a multi-layer car parking lot in the catchment area of the Mullaperiyar dam.

In its petition last week, Tamil Nadu has contended that the ongoing construction at Anavachal was in violation of the orders of the top court and was aimed at preventing the restoration of the storage level of the reservoir to the original level of 152 ft. As such, Tamil Nadu had sought to restrain Kerala from proceeding with the construction works.

The 122-year-old colonial era dam situated at the inter-state border of Thekkady serves the irrigation and drinking water needs of Madurai and five southern districts of Tamil Nadu....