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No going back on new dam: Oommen

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Kerala Chief Minster Mr. Oomen Chandy. File photo
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Kerala Chief Minster Mr. Oomen Chandy. File photo

The Kerala government would organise the required resources to construct a new dam in place of the over a centuty-old Mullaiperiyar dam, despite financial difficulties, Chief Minster Oommen Chandy said on Tuesday.

Speaking at the inauguration of his mass contact programme for Kollam district, Mr. Chandy said that frequent tremors in the zone of the Mullaperiyar Dam were creating panic and that a new dam was the only solution. “The State government insists on a new dam to replace the existing Mullaperiyar Dam,” he said.

Security for Kerala and water for Tamil Nadu would be the committed policy behind the construction of the new dam, Mr. Chandy said. He added that the State government was trying to achieve this with the cooperation of the Central and Tamil Nadu governments, he said.

Dear/respected my brothers n sisters i think u may tired up with
arguments. i have realized or some time it may be my misunderstanding
any way Kerala Gov:Failed to express our real problems in court
through AG - and secondly TN Gov: consistently curious to collect evidence to prove their demands in court . The third one is STRICTLY
POLITICAL that Jayalalita know better than any one in this wold that
kerala will give same amount of water after a new Dam but next
Election she may not be there in TAMIL MAKKALS Mind that's the reality
in TN. some time i may be wrong please excuse

from:  pramod.k.p
Posted on: Dec 12, 2011 at 14:56 IST

@P.Radhakrishnan:: I dont know at what basis you said that mullaperiyar
is not an earthquake pron area. Please read newspapers regularly and
please dont comment anything if dont know anything about that place. And
may I ask you one thing, you said that there are so many other dams in
India which is older than mullaperiyar. can you say how many of them was
build by using surki mortar and lime stone ?

from:  sanoy m
Posted on: Dec 12, 2011 at 11:08 IST

@Radhakrishnan,I dont understand how could you possibly make a
statement that Mullaperiyaar is non-earth quake prone zone, when there
were multiple earth quake during past few months. Unemployment,
poverty, suicide, inflation are not issues of God's own contry alone.
But its spread all over the country, i would rather say those are
intercontinental issues. Even Euro nd US struggle to control
unemployment and contain the inflation. I dont think Oomman has
anything to do about it. And you stated this as a political drama to
divert the attention of people,but understand that Kerala have been
administrated by two parties one after another each term, ever since
the state came to its existance.And those two parties strongly support
the idea of new dam construction to save their people.Inspite of
state's economic crisis,they uhave came forward to finance the
project, and agreed to give same amount of water to TN. This is how a
state become so generous when its under the shining sword of death

from:  Suneer
Posted on: Dec 1, 2011 at 05:26 IST

I’d also like to address P Radhakrishnan’s question on why Kerala isn’t attempting to strengthen the existing dam. Hmm... I wonder why? Could it possibly be because we’d need to reduce the current water levels to do something more than the minute cosmetic repairs that the dam has undergone since the 1970s? Oh wait, TN prevented Kerala from doing just that by taking us to the SC in 2006. As of now, with cracks appearing on the surface of the dam, repairs are required within its internal structure, which simply cannot be reached without it being decommissioned. If TN won’t even let us decommission it, what are our chances of demolishing (I fail to grasp this part) it? The only solution forward is to build a new dam while having the current one decommissioned which we intend to do out of our own funds AND without compromising on our commitments to TN. And so you’ll simply have to excuse us hysterical Keralites for being concerned about our safety since no one else clearly is.

from:  Renjini Rajagopalan
Posted on: Dec 1, 2011 at 04:20 IST

P. Radhakrishnan, it is certainly heart-warming to realize how much you value the life of your fellow Indians. Of course, you are indeed right in saying that there are older dams in India. But the fact remains that for each of these dams, the people living downstream of them are in constant danger of being swept away. And as for your very dubious contention of there not having been an ‘earthquake in Mullaperiyar for 1000 years’, I wonder what you think of all those ‘documented’ seismic tremors the area has been suffering from these past months. Perhaps they aren’t monumental to you because of their minute proportions, but for a dam this old, it might very well be the last straw. And even assuming Kerala is doing this ‘drama’ to siphon off water that rightfully belongs to TN and to divert attention from other pressing issues like farmer suicides, I very respectfully wonder if you'd be willing to vouch for the lives of 30 lakh Keralites should something, hypothetically of course, happen?

from:  Renjini Rajagopalan
Posted on: Dec 1, 2011 at 03:36 IST

Renjini should know that the Mullaperiyar dam site is not at all
earth-quake prone zone. Mullaperiyar dam is only 116 years old. There
are several dams in India which are much older than Mullaperiyar and
they are surviving and they were not constructed with reinforced
concrete. The present hysteria is to divert the attention of the
people from the economic crisis the State is facing now. Price of
articles has gone very steep and it is difficult for a common man to
buy necessary articles.Unemployment among the educated has reached the
all time high.Starvation death and poverty are widespread in rural
areas. Every month a farmer commits suicide in Wayanad.. Piravam
election is coming soon and it is to divert the attention from the
people about the failure of the Govt., Mullaperiyar issue is beingf
whipped up.,
Why Kerala is not prepared to convert the existing dam into a strong
new dam, instead of demolishing it? Will the Supreme Court allow
Kerala to demolish the existing dam?

from:  P.Radhakrishnan
Posted on: Nov 30, 2011 at 17:50 IST

Dear Prime Minister Gi, Sonia Gi , all other beloved Chief Ministers
of India, MP's, MLA's, Opposition Leaders and all those have Humanity,
MULLAPERIYAR is not in Pakistan. I humbly request all of you, for God
sake, Please do the needful for Mullaperiyar Dam as soon as possible.
Otherwise "YOU PEOPLE" are going to do the MASSACRE knowingly. For
what "YOU PEOPLE" are waiting, this is not a Himalayan Task,If I'm in
your chair I'll take a merciful action. PLEASE REMEMBER WE ARE
KERALAM is not a separate Country. PLS DO IT ASAP. THX, ARS PANICKER.

from:  ARS Panicker
Posted on: Nov 30, 2011 at 12:39 IST

I find it morbidly amusing to hear certain people terming what is genuine concern for the lives and livelihoods of nearly 3 million innocent Keralites as being 'mass hysteria' and 'panic attacks'. But as an enlightened (and frightened) Keralite who has her family and friends living in those zones susceptible to the looming threat of a possible disaster, I feel compelled to respond. We Keralites are not blindly panicking. The dam is over 116 years old. It was built at a time when dam construction was at its infancy and it was built from a concrete mixture (crude lime surkhi mortar) that is no longer in use today. And it was given an life expectancy of a mere 50 years. The area around the dam is vulnerable to earthquakes. It doesn't have to be major ones. Even a medium range seismic activity, the likes of which the area has suffered from 5-6 times these last few months, or even floods or a landslide can set things off. And you wanted to know why it is still standing? I say, God's grace!

from:  Renjini Rajagopalan
Posted on: Nov 30, 2011 at 11:23 IST

Security of the people of Kerala is the responsibility of Kerala gGovernment. If the Government of kerala is ready to give water to Tamilnadu while protecting the life of people living around dam, why is Tamilnadu opposing it.
I think Kerala must go ahead with new dam construction with the intervention of central government, support from tamilnadu and protect the life and security of people of kerala.

from:  baiju velayudhan
Posted on: Nov 30, 2011 at 07:37 IST

Why this hysteria over Muallaiperiyar? There has never been an
earthquake near Mullaperiyar for thousands of years. If it is a earth-
quake prone zone, what about the lives of lakhs and lakhs of people
living near the area? So it is a well planned strategy to construct the
dam in a different place to deprive TN of Muallaperiyar water. If Kerala
wants a new dam, it can be constructed in the exact site where the old
dam now stands. It will also satisfy TN demand to raise the water level.

from:  P.Radhakrishnan
Posted on: Nov 29, 2011 at 17:02 IST

There is a simple solution for this crisis. Kerala wants a new dam.
Supreme Court can direst Kerala government to construct a new dam on
the exact site where the old dam now stands. Tamilnadu wants to raise
the water level.The SC can order to increase the water level in the
new dam constructed on the exact site of the old dam. Both sides will
be satisfied by this formula. If Kerala says that it is an earthquake-
prone zone, the answer is all these thousands of years no earthquake
has occurred in this area. If Kerala raises the false bogey of
earthquake, what about thousands of houses and lakhs of people living
near the area? Why Kerala is not concerned about their lives, if it is
really an earthquake-prone zone?

from:  P.Radhakrishnan
Posted on: Nov 29, 2011 at 15:33 IST

Fear is like God, omnipresent. If the fear strikes a group of people and in this case a large segment of people in Kerala, whatever may be the scientific explanation, the argument that the dam is strong will not cut ice. If the water sharing and cost of the contruction is to be borne by the GOK, is it not a win-win option? But alas in India even court judgments are not honored when it comes to water, hence a model that will ensure this promise needs to be worked out.

from:  MSR
Posted on: Nov 29, 2011 at 15:00 IST
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