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Updated: January 4, 2012 10:03 IST

Mullaperiyar, Idukki dams safe, experts tell panel

J. Venkatesan
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The report by the Supreme Court-appointed Empowered Committee concluded that the tremors did not have any impact on the Mullaperiyar dam.
The Hindu Photo Library The report by the Supreme Court-appointed Empowered Committee concluded that the tremors did not have any impact on the Mullaperiyar dam.

Inspection in the wake of recent tremors in the region

Allaying the apprehensions of the people of Kerala and Tamil Nadu, the two technical experts of the Supreme Court appointed-Empowered Committee (EC) on Tuesday informed the Committee that the recent tremors in that region did not have any impact on the Mullaperiyar and Idukki dams and that the dams were safe.

The two members — the former Secretary to the Union Ministry of Water Resources, C.D. Thatte, and retired Chief Engineer, Central Water Commission, D.K. Mehta — had inspected all the dams in and around the Mullaperiyar catchment area to ascertain their safety in the wake of the recent earthquakes.

The inspection came after Kerala filed an application seeking to bring on record the recent earthquakes and pleading for an oral hearing. The Committee had asked two of its members to conduct an on-the-spot inspection and submit a report.

The report was submitted to the EC's head, the former Chief Justice of India, A.S. Anand. The other members on the Committee are retired Supreme Court Judges K.T. Thomas (representing Kerala) and A.R. Lakshmanan (representing Tamil Nadu).

At Tuesday's meeting, the EC considered the report and the objections raised by Kerala during the inspection of the dam. The report concluded that the tremors did not have any impact on the Mullaperiyar dam and there was no danger to its safety.

The Committee took serious exception to the objection raised by Kerala that the views of the two members could not be construed as the views of the EC. It was pointed out that the EC had passed a resolution at an earlier meeting authorising the two technical members to carry out the inspection. The procedure adopted by the members could not be faulted by the Kerala government, it said.

The EC also considered the reports, studies and investigations conducted by various agencies constituted by it to go into the safety of the Mullaperiyar dam. Informed sources told The Hindu that all except one agency submitted their reports and they were discussed at the meeting.

The various tests and studies undertaken by the Committee are: scanning the up-steam face of the dam using remote-operated vehicle and digital camera by the Central Soil and Materials Research Station (CSMRS), Delhi; non-destructive test by the Central Water and Power Research Station (CWPRS), Pune; cable anchor stress test; study by the Geological Survey of India; bathymetric survey by the CWPRS; material testing by the CSMRS and the CWPRS; seepage study by the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC); flood study by the Central Water Commission (CWC); testing of the cores by the CWPRS/ CSMRS; in situ tests and stability check, both by the CWPRS; and checking of measuring instruments used in the dam.

The panel will meet again on January 24 and 25 to consider the modalities of finalising its report to be submitted to the Supreme Court, as its term ends in February.

The panel once again rejected Kerala's request for copies of reports of various agencies, stating that such a request had already been rejected.

I would like to comment on the claim that dam is safe without surky.
Kerala never claimed that dam is made out of surky. It is the TN ads which claimed that surky technology is much better than cement and hence the dam is strong. It is foolishness to say that we can make dams by putting together loose stones without using anything to bond them together. If that is the case, it is a challenge to the civil engineering practiced in the world. India could have saved millions ot tons of cement, if we knew this in advance. Please do not talk about Kallanai here. It is not a dam, it is a barrage used to divert water from Kavery.

from:  Janardhan
Posted on: Jan 31, 2012 at 08:59 IST

It is premature to take sides on the basis of the Empowered committee's
report. Kerala has a right to raise objections against the report in the
Supreme Court. It is for the Supreme Court to accept or reject the
report. The crux of the matter is to decide whether a seismic activity
in the magnitude of 6 in Richter scale will ever occur in the region,
and if so, whether the dam will withstand it.

from:  Ragesh
Posted on: Jan 20, 2012 at 15:19 IST

It has become very difficuilt to realise the truth nowadays for any problems/disputes after reading statements and articles of different versions.A true honest person is confused to understand the problems.
I feel there should be one finding/analysis of the probem by eminent scientists and all should abide by that report.This is not a topic to comment by public.

from:  krishnan K N
Posted on: Jan 11, 2012 at 18:28 IST

Thanks for not posting the news about the unsuccessful Surkhi Sample collection, if you had posted,people would have misunderstood that not finding surkhi means the Dam is hollow inside. but the fact is that even at 78Ft depth, they could not find surkhi and it shows that the Dam is strong enough and is not made of Surkhi as claimed by Kerala. And as they could not find any surkhi, it automatically proves how strong the dam is.
Whereas Mullaiperiyar Dam is very very strong, it is made using the most modern, stae-of-the-art technology. it can never burst, not even the next 2000 years. See 2000 year old Kallanai, which holds more water at more height than Mullaiperiyar, is till in good condition, then why not Mullaiperiyar?(kallanai is 216 Inch high, where as Mullaiperiyar is only 136 feet) . It can withstand even earthquakes to the scale of 10. even a country made bomb cannot destruct the dam, then how can an earthquake of 10 in Richter scale?

from:  perumal
Posted on: Jan 11, 2012 at 18:08 IST

Akkutturaju has rightly said that "you can never say that this dam will survive for 999 years. It is sure that the dam will burst today or tomorrow,and in that case Tamilnadu will not get any water at all and the water will go directly to the sea like before. That is to say if due to the tunnel-vision and rigid policy of Tamilnadu not to cooperate in building a New Dam and the dam bursts in nearfuture , Kerala will not allow Tamilnadu to build a new dam any more.Then,what will happen to the fate of lakhs of Tamil farmers who will be forced to commit suicides .Thus Precautionary Principle applies for the safethy of this dam not only for kerala but also for Taminadu Government.The elected Legislators and Members of Parliament have a duty to think and act in public interest.For scientific details on this issue,kindly browse through the web sites presented by an Expert,Prof.T.Shivaji Rao by clicking on Google search Engine with the words"Under-designed Mullaperiyar Dam will collapse"

from:  T.V.Rama Rao
Posted on: Jan 9, 2012 at 22:53 IST

Mr.Akkuturaju...By going through your comment I could feel your mind is already madeup,even an external review would be useless under such cirumstances,hope and pray,people with such attitude don't prevail on either TN or Kerala who have the authority,it would make the matters even worse.I don't support any party,both TN and Kerala are at fault,instead of discussing across the table for a solution,they took the issue straight away on to the streets,and now they are in a fix,they have made it an emotional issue among the people of both the states, no logics involved or respected now.Politicans and people on either side have to step back now,respect and believe Supreme Court to find a solution, thats the only way to solve this problem.

from:  Jaya Prakash
Posted on: Jan 6, 2012 at 15:44 IST

@Praveen K Vaidyan...many tamils have mentioned again and again that majority of TamilNadu people are FOR Kudamkulam nuclear plant (KKNP). Just because the same group supports mullaiperiyar and KKNP agitation doesn't mean that all tamils have their support for both issues. KKNP agitation, by a small vested interest group who have diverted locals with money and religious power, is being blow out of proportion only because of the media that thinks that anything to do with nuclear has to be agitated.

from:  K G
Posted on: Jan 6, 2012 at 14:17 IST

The Expert Committee considered inputs on various tests and studies undertaken by the top Scientific National Institutes of International repute.They also undertook physical inspection of the dams and have opined about the safety.Kerala questioning the very integrity of the Empowered Committee,attributing motives to it and calling for foreign inspection on safety aspects of the Mullaperiyar dam is in very bad taste.Our civil engineers have equal competence. Krishnaraja sagar dam, Tehri Dam, Bhakra Nangal Dam, Hirakud Dam, Nagarjunasagar Dam, Sardar Sarovar Dam are some of the shining examples of the prowess of Indian engineers. Mullaperiyar dam has been strengthened under experts'advice by RCC capping,cable anchoring and concrete support dam.That the 116 yrs old Mullaperiyar Dam has outlived its life shows to prove the soundness of its structure and reliability of the construction technique and material adopted.Please donot denegrate our expertise,accept the truth magnanimously.

from:  B.Krishnakumar
Posted on: Jan 6, 2012 at 13:43 IST

Mr. Jayaprakash kindly note Mr. Jacob suggestion is one of the best. You said here "If we don't have the technology,then that would be fine". Yes we do not have the latest technology. There are latest equipments to check the condition of the dam, and not like Mr. Thattee and Mr. Metha came and told "Dam is OK". Are you saying this dam will survive for 999 years. It is sure that the dam will burst today or tomorrow,and in that case Tamilnadu will not get any water at all and the water will go directly to the sea like before. That is to say if due to the rigid policy of tamilnadu not to cooperate and dam burst in future , Kerala will not allow to build a new dam any more.

from:  Akkuturaju
Posted on: Jan 6, 2012 at 11:04 IST

Mr.J.Jacob.... though it may look a good suggestion,but that would be a very bad example we would be setting up.If we don't have the technology,then that would be fine.But thats not a problem here.That would make the whole system a mockery since that can be applied to each and every act of the government including judiciary.what is the guarantee that tomorrow either TN or kerala won't complain the same against them,like you said above Biased,Purchased,Agents etc., if their findlings goes against either of them?

from:  Jaya Prakash
Posted on: Jan 6, 2012 at 08:40 IST

All the safety concerns have started from 1979. Can you find out what happened in 1979? That was Morvi Dam failure. Kerala is doing every effort in dam safety after 1979 and Tamilnadu is able to block it after paying favors since long. Now 4 million people lives are in danger and 3.2 crores Keralites are together and we will not allow Tamilnadu to kill our people by keeping this dam. Since Kerala is a small state and does not have enough clout at the centre like TN no one cares and that is why this injustice are going on since long time Other thing there are about 8000 acres of land inside Kerala state is leased by TN at the rate of Rs.30 per acre per year. I wonder what people of TamilNadu would say if Kerala asks for 8000 acres of land from TN at Rs.30 per acre per year. Who had done all these nonsense. Why 3.2 crores keralites have been put in darkness. Who have leased these property to Tamilnadu. Are these type of deals have been passed in Kerala Assembly

from:  akkuturaju
Posted on: Jan 6, 2012 at 08:27 IST

Why not bring in foreign 'unbiased' consultants to do a review and report on the subject matter. So far from what i have seen, its only when the review and report is being done by Indians, we have a problem. Bring in the foreign consultants and end this conundrum once and for all. This is getting quite tiring!!

from:  JJacob
Posted on: Jan 5, 2012 at 11:52 IST

The above news only leads to misunderstandings. Let me make the issue clear about this. 1. The issue before the Empowered Committee was not about whether the recent tremors have created problems in the current situation of the dam,more than that it is considering whether the dam can with stand a tremor more than 6 in strength. 2. Even if the dam exists, for how long?(50 years was the expected life time but the age is 116 years now).3. The agrement between kerala and tamilnadu is that, kerala will give water for 999 years and not that it will keep the dam for 999 years.Now also kerala says it will give the same level of water tamilnadu deserves. 4. If tamilnadu is provided with the same quantity of water what issue they can raise if kerala decides to construct a new dam?.How that become the breach of the contract?.EC raised all this questions at the same time when they concluded about the current situtation of the dam. Let us wait for the final decision and see the outcome.

from:  Reghunath Menon
Posted on: Jan 5, 2012 at 11:01 IST

Those who laud the Supreme Court's Technical Panel report on Mullaperiyar Dam should also explain why Tamilnadu Govt and its people do not simmilarly laud and agree with the assurances of the independent scientific community with respect to the safety of Kudamkulam Nuclear Power Plant. They should explain why Tamilnadu Government and people take two yardsticks when it comes to the safety of its own people and the safety of people of Kerala. Please explain, why this hypocrisy?

from:  Praveen K Vaidyan
Posted on: Jan 5, 2012 at 09:50 IST

Looks like, The Hindu has become a Translated version of a Malaiyalam Newspaper.

from:  Raja Sagathevan
Posted on: Jan 5, 2012 at 09:36 IST

It is time Keralites should wake up and take note of the hidden agenda of some of their leaders in whipping up passion over the dam's safety. There is always a fear of the dam breaking for people who live down stream, but they have to weigh their concerns with facts of the matter. We can safely infer that the dam was built at this site after examining all alternatives on how to bring water to the dry districts of Tamil Nadu. The fact that the British thought of a 999-year lease must have been to precisely avoid any dismantling of the dam at a future date due to inter-state dispute. Kerala should negotiate for a safety clause in the agreement whereby TN takes complete responsibility for the dam's health and will compensate in case of a disaster. Ideally a TN dam safety panel with representation for Kerala should be formed.

from:  Jose
Posted on: Jan 5, 2012 at 08:10 IST

I read this article because of my long-standing interest in dam safety (most of my career as an engineer), and I have been reading the comments to see how Indians perceive of these isssues. I would like to say to you all that the civility of the discussion and the quality of the writing here are a pleasant change from most of the discussions that I see on US sites, even the New York Times (which is about the best one used by the general public, as opposed to technical communities). Much of that sounds like angry 13-year-old boys attempting to impress the others with how tough they are, and you would be appalled to read it. It is nice to see that people can actually discuss complex issues like this via the internet without acting like children.

from:  David RG, Civil Engineer, Denver, Colorado <
Posted on: Jan 4, 2012 at 21:08 IST

Good there is lot of evidence based on which the EC has made their decision. The tests were done in the public domain, but the reports are confidential. I am unable to understand why the copies of the reports of different studies cannot be made available to the public.

from:  R Rajesh
Posted on: Jan 4, 2012 at 20:44 IST

Its a very Happy news to All humans( The report concluded that the tremors did not have any impact on the Mullaperiyar dam and there was no danger to its safety.) Can we expect the kerala Politicians to respect the court , As well as Tamilnadu people to not take this issue as between Tamilians and Malayalies .

from:  Mohideen shah
Posted on: Jan 4, 2012 at 19:55 IST

About one and half years ago, there was this unfortunate Mangalore plane crash where more than 150 people were killed. It was really heart rending and all of us were truly shaken, but we have no choice but to put our faith on Aeronautical Engineering and board aircraft again, because our livelihood is involved. Let us not become victims of fear psychosis and not fall to the machinations of anti-national elements whether it is Mullaperiyar or Koodankulam. India is one, and Keralites know this more than anyone else.

from:  Ramaswamy Ranganathan
Posted on: Jan 4, 2012 at 18:34 IST

It was clear before, that the decision of the empowered committee will be one sided . But the committee members should realize the present situation and should implement an amicable solution that at least ask the apex court to lower the water level temporarily so at least wild animals can fed in the remaining grassland's of the catchment area.

from:  sandheep
Posted on: Jan 4, 2012 at 17:07 IST

Kind Attention!S.Venugopal,Subbaraju and peoples with like views!! Don't blame the people of Kerala, they are the same like most of us Indians, VICTIMS OF POLITICAL GAME!!I would like to remind you people with like views here, why can't Tamilnadu accept the safety reports of Kudankulam? efforts by noble persons like Dr.AK fell on deaf ears!! Time to search our hearts, if we expect Kerala to accept the experts views and findings, why shouldn't people of Tamilnadu?

from:  Jaya Prakash
Posted on: Jan 4, 2012 at 16:53 IST

This should set at rest the fears and apprehensions of the Kerala people on the safety of the concerned dams. Will they put an end to their agitation now?

from:  s subramanyan
Posted on: Jan 4, 2012 at 16:51 IST

Dam issue was created by politicians to safe guard some secret political agendas. It can be ( to hide 2G spectrum issue, now it's nowhere in News, Plans for UPA-3 etc). But what ever their idea, it made a gap in the people of 2 states. However, still don't under stand why Kerala Govt(Both Cong. And Left) boosted issue to this heights. Little History: The contract between East India Company and Tranvancore State was not valid, as the mullaperiyar forest land belongs to Poonjar state at the time of contract. However, in 1970 this was agreed/renewed by Indian states(after independence) TamilNadu and Kerala. So the contract made in 1970 is valid, what ever it is. Few of the terrorist parties(group of people) in both the states made the issue worse. These people looted Farms/ shops/ houses in the border areas and harmed people. There was no strict action taken against these looters.

from:  Mathew
Posted on: Jan 4, 2012 at 16:42 IST

It is to be remembered that Mr. Thatte was an employee of the CWC, which is a 'let's keep the old dams'lobby. Water activists all slam the CWC. Moreover, Mr. Thatte's provocative behaviour does not convince anyone. If he had at least acted impartially, and given the present report, Kerala would have take it as a bitter pill quietly. Now no way; he has acted most unwisely. Now the "it's our soil, our water" lobby in Kerala will not rest.

from:  Sibi George
Posted on: Jan 4, 2012 at 16:22 IST

Indians should respect the Supreme Court and commitees appointed by the Supreme Court

from:  Charanya
Posted on: Jan 4, 2012 at 15:59 IST

'The Hindu' publishes one sided reports and comments in favor of Kerala. It is a pity that though 'The Hindu' is a TN paper basically , there is a powerful lobby in the paper that prevents letters and articles in favour of Tamils and TN. 'The Deccan Herald' always sides with Kannadigas and Karnataka. 'Deccan Chronicle ' in favor of Andhra and Telugus. But 'The Hindu ' does the other way . This is the feeling of many Tamils.

from:  Prof.R.Krishnamurthy
Posted on: Jan 4, 2012 at 15:46 IST

Truth triumph always. Now,the people of Kerala and Tamil Nadu especially the political parties ought to shun their divergent opinions in the interest of National and farmers of riparian states.Let the politicians in particularly in Kerala to end this issue and concentrate on people's welfare programs.

from:  Jayavelu.N
Posted on: Jan 4, 2012 at 15:14 IST

Until last year, I have high regard to the Keralites due to their hard work. Now only I realised that in order to have some benefit, they even go to the extend beyond once imagination. Godsake, everyone know that Kerala has over 2500 TMC of water per year in which they need only 850 TMC only for their use. Remaining simply going to Arabian Sea and in which part is used for TN irrigation. Just think 2 things 01) about 40% Keralites living in Tamilnadu also. 02) If Keralites fear about the DAM break, there are similar fears for TN people regarding the Kalpakkam and Kudankumam nuclear plants also. So my Kerala friends, think like INDIAN ; do not think on otherway.

from:  Subbaraju
Posted on: Jan 4, 2012 at 15:14 IST

Dear keralites,you cannot fool all the people all the time.Accept the truth that the dam is safe,now atleast.Wait for the final verdict in March and prepare now onwards to accept it in right earnest,whether you like it or not.After all,the supreme court and its empowered committee are more knowledgeable than us.Don't get carried away by false propaganda of your politicians and prove that you are the most literate and cultured people of this country.

from:  S.Venugopal
Posted on: Jan 4, 2012 at 15:00 IST

The Expert Committee reviewed various tests and studies undertaken by the top Scientific National Institutes of International refute viz. CSMRS,CWPRS,CWPRS, BARC and CWC. Now the political leadership of both states must respect the finding in letter and spirit. No new dam now. When a judgment is passed by the Supreme Court, all law abiding citizens of this great nation must abide by the verdict more so our political leaders who took the oath to upheld the constitution of India when they assumed their leadership. They must also remember any violation or non-execution of the verdict of the Supreme Court would tantamount to contempt of court in which case citizens of this nation can be prosecuted and held responsible. In such cases of contempt of court, political leaders responsible for that must be banned from contesting election for ever. Let he people of Kerala and Tamil Nadu live in peace and harmony for ever.

from:  Dr Kannan
Posted on: Jan 4, 2012 at 14:54 IST

Keralaties will not accept such a biased report. Kerala has given water to TN for more than a century now and fears of 3.5 million common people cannot be washed out with such a so called expert's report. Dam is 116 years old how long you people are expecting this to be safe? Till the world ends? We can come to a 'term and terms' with both parties grievance recognized. Do not think you people can unilatarily force Kerala to accept your theories. Can some one tell why you cannot accept a new dam agreeing to give same quantity of water to TN?

from:  Majeed
Posted on: Jan 4, 2012 at 14:51 IST

Notoriously, the biased reporting style of the Hindu, not only is evident in the Mullayperiyar issue, but we always have confirmed in several other issues.Hope Hindu learns to behave like a unbiased news paper.

from:  veeramani maharajan
Posted on: Jan 4, 2012 at 14:33 IST

I don't understand why they won't release the reports to the Kerala Goverment. Such a step would only increase the confidence of the people, as that would mean that the reports aren't biased in any way!! Now the people in Kerala would only say that there is some corruption within the panel.Transparency in proceeding is the way to go!! AAM JANATA has a right to know what is happening,this is their problem too!!

from:  Leza
Posted on: Jan 4, 2012 at 14:28 IST

I am a malayalee, born and brought up in Chennai. I visited my hometown(kannur-kerala) during Christmas and saw everything was alright there with the Tamils working. They have not faced any problems there as i had conversations with many of them. Now Kannur is not near the dam area so there is no need to panic for the Tamils. But here in Chennai, malayalee establishments have been targeted for no good reason. No Malayalee here supported Kerala government(neither did they support TN government), then why were they targeted?? Regarding the new report submitted, i feel its high time that Kerala accepts the report and keeps calm. When an AG says in High court that the dam collapse will not create havoc, i think there is truth in it. 2 reasons,1) Being an AG, he cannot misguide the court 2) If it was not the truth then the Kerala government should have suspended or dismissed him, why no action? To people of both states- please continue the brotherhood that has been for ages. We are Indians

from:  Adarsh
Posted on: Jan 4, 2012 at 14:05 IST

It is imperative on the honorable Supreme Court to make public all reports on tests and studies relied upon by this expert committee as well as the report submitted by the expert committee. If this is not done, it becomes too obvious that the expert committee gave a false or biased report. As many organizations/teams are involved in these tests/studies, it is unlikely that they will all be branded pro TN or pro Kerala. Once the technicalities are clear, the political hotheads can be countered to bring down the heat and arrive at mutually beneficial decisions about the dam. In the meantime, all hot gas being generated by irresponsible people on both sides - that Kerala should unilaterally abrogate the treaty or that Idukki district should be merged with TN - should be condemned vociferously by all, especially the political leaders of the two states.

from:  Arun Murthy
Posted on: Jan 4, 2012 at 14:00 IST

There is gross mismatch between the title of the news and the contents. Look at the title for the same news item in other papers "SC panel experts say Mullaperiyar Dam not affected by recent tremors". The panel never said that the dam is safe. Why HINDU is trying to exploit the cheap sentiments of people in TN. The HINDU is loosing the colour of a national paper. It is becoming a regional paper. The other details hidden for pleasing people in TN. 1. Geological Survey of India is asked to file a report on the seismic activities and zone stability of Mullaperiayr region. 2. EC requested both TN and Kerala to submit their views on how to manage the dam, when constructed by Kerala within the territory of Kerala.

from:  Janardhan
Posted on: Jan 4, 2012 at 13:52 IST

I think with this study by the Expert Committee the fear of the people of Kerala should come to an end and people from both TN and Kerala should live happily as earlier. People of both the states depend on each other for various things and they should now bury the hatchet and stop listening to the politicians who always have an axe to grind. I am sure that once the Report is submitted to the SC, copies of the expert committee's scientific study reports would be available to both the states. Overall it looks it was a 'Much Ado about Nothing'.

from:  PC Xavier
Posted on: Jan 4, 2012 at 13:34 IST

If Kerala Govt. want to construct new dam, and if they have given the assurance that the same quantity of water will be available to Tamil Nadu, what is this fuss all about? The damn as it is said is more than one hundred year, how could one claim that it is as good as new one? Any rational person would question the logic behind the claim. The technical inspections carried out by various agencies throw some light on the issue but the question remains: how reliable are these agencies? Indian technical expertise is way far behind other whether it is climate,rainfall,earthquake, tsunami, etc. Giving excuses aftermath incidents or events (of disaster) is the fad of many Indian. It is thus far better to take preventive measures.

from:  Shimray
Posted on: Jan 4, 2012 at 12:52 IST

@Mr.JThomas. Simply blaming the technical views expressed by the members of the expert committee after the thorough inspection of the dam will not serve any purpose. The serious allegation leveled by you like that "they are purchased by TN Govt.,It is shame on Federal India to take biased decisions for politically and economically powerful states and ignoring the others" etc.etc. are totally unwarranted.

from:  A.SESHAGIRI
Posted on: Jan 4, 2012 at 12:51 IST

If the Empowered Committee team are acting like agents of TN, they can act as agents of KL too.. Then whom are we going to believe.. Only if the result comes in favour of KL, people would believe they are not agents of TN.. Is that so?

from:  Poornima
Posted on: Jan 4, 2012 at 12:22 IST

As long as we have educated "illiterates" like JThomas, no matter how many technical reports reveal the truth, they will not be able to digest the truth as it is always better. What guarentee that JThomas can give that the technical report of Kerala govt is not politically influenced? Let us behave like civilized citizens and leave it to the apex court to make the judgement and not spread the half-cooked half-baked comments which are totally factless.

from:  Saravanan
Posted on: Jan 4, 2012 at 12:15 IST

Indians should respect the Supreme Court and commitees appointed by the Supreme Court. It is horrendous that educated people have denounced the findings of experts and flung wild allegations without a shred of evidence. Any continued outcry by either politicians or people is sedition and the perpetrators should be prosecuted as anti-nationals.

from:  K Ramachandran
Posted on: Jan 4, 2012 at 11:44 IST

Now that the expert committee report is out,it is clear that the dam is safe..after all its based on scientific studies and not based on the political / emotional considerations. For TN this is not the time to rejoice as a victory..rather it should be utilised to extend our hands of friendship and reassurance to Kerala brothers to live in peace without fears..Kerala people should also understand this without mudslinging on experts opinion..Let us forget the acrimony..the dam is safe..TN can get water as usual and can supply essentials to Kerala as always...Let the dawn of New year bring with it the peace and happiness to the people of TN and Kerala..

from:  Thiru Moorthy
Posted on: Jan 4, 2012 at 11:44 IST

Mr.J.Thomas..Biased,Purchased,Agents etc., are harsh words used, especially when they were appointed under direct or indirect supervision of the Supreme court.There won't be an end to the problem if both the states adopt this approach.The other technical teams finding is also questionable,they bank on the statement 'if there was a tremor of magnitude 6 or more, the dam would collapse'.There is a big 'IF' involved here.6 or more can be 7,8 or even 9.Leave alone the new dam,any structure build by humans cannot be guranteed that it can withstand that magnitude,because understadning earthquake could be very complex,at times a magnitude of 6 could cause more damage than 8.If we leave all other factors and look at the earthquake factor, then the risk of earthquake damage remains even with the new dam.'Come out and address the concern..!!'thats how you finished... yes you right, both the states should come out to the table and address the concern,now it seems they both out on the streets.

from:  Jaya Prakash
Posted on: Jan 4, 2012 at 11:41 IST

Kerala Govt has every right to object as it talks about the safety of a of its people. They will ask for the test reports sooner. The people who done 2G and other scandals can do bigger scandals. Truth only prevails at last. Kerala should immediately build a new DAM downstream to protect any man made disaster. They have the right to build it as a protection wall without any approval from TN. Bloody politics is a real threat to innocent citizens.

from:  skp
Posted on: Jan 4, 2012 at 11:41 IST

I think the M-P issue has reached a cul-de-sac here. There is absolutely no necessity to take this any further. People in places like Kerala and Koodankulam must learn to appreciate facts with proper underpinning in science and engineering. The cost incurred in building a new dam could be used now for other developmental projects in the state. Hope the politicians and people in both these states move on.

from:  Shyam
Posted on: Jan 4, 2012 at 11:35 IST

Great news. I hope qualified experts are sent to Kudankulam too and put those fears to rest. I also hope that KL respects neutral arbiters and not fall prey to their fear-mongering fringe groups. I would also think the committee should release its findings to the public so that there are no suspicions that it is politically motivated.

from:  Balaji Viswanathan
Posted on: Jan 4, 2012 at 11:12 IST

In the case of Mullapperiyar the main risk factor arises from its age itself. Average life of a dam is around 50-60 years, this dam is more than 105years old, not many dams of this age are in service in the World now. It is a dam built using old technology and naturally was not based on modern parameters for design of dams. Much of the binding material (lime) have leached out over the years. There is the possibility that hollow areas would remain inside the dam whatever be the efforts taken in this regard.

from:  Liyakath P A
Posted on: Jan 4, 2012 at 11:07 IST

Now what next for Kerala. Kerala was taking all measures to scuttle a proper decision by SC or Central Government. It had the cheek to accuse the experts sent by the empowered committee being arrogant. Now the empowered committee should stop listening to either state and submit their final report to SC. And whatever SC tells is the final and no more experts examination or anything. If SC on the basis of the empowered committee say that water can be raised to 142ft now and to 152 after the necessary repairs to strengthen the dam it is final. If Kerala makes any further action to scuttle it, the Kerala governments should be tried for contempt of court and dismissed forth with and presidents rule proclaimed.

from:  V K Guptan
Posted on: Jan 4, 2012 at 11:04 IST

I am sure that the details of the tests will be shared with respective governments once the supreme court has given its verdict. Kerala government should avoid creating public hysteria by blindly questioning the credibility of tests carried out by the team of multiple agencies. Certainly, the judiciary will mandate stringent action plans to curb any attempt to tamper the evidence or people who conducted the study; for eg, remember EC members did not even comment or speak to media - which I assume is a part of their action plan. Why can't Kerala wait till apex court gives its verdict and then request for sharing all information? I feel that it is Kerala government's mere apprehension that channels this hasty attitude of theirs to ensure no stones are left unturned to get their objectives met. I'm sure they will collate reasons like this to even challenge supreme court's verdict, should it be against them!

from:  Yuvaraj Mohan
Posted on: Jan 4, 2012 at 11:02 IST

With this affirmative finding of the expert committee, all forms of agitations should stop in both the states, with an assertive intervention by the PM. The Chief Ministers of Kerala and Tamilnadu too should waste no further time in arriving at a binding agreement towards resolution of the problem and help the people of both the states to work cordially in an atmosphere of mutual trust, peaceful co existence and goodwill, forgetting the acrimonious past marked by unpleasant events instigated by vested interests, at the cost of welfare of the people of both the states. The need of the hour is not political scoring points, but is creating a win- win situation for all the stake holders, in the interest of development in the surrounding areas of the dam.

from:  Shekar
Posted on: Jan 4, 2012 at 10:28 IST

Why should Kerala be denied the chance to have a look at the studies by various agencies, when it will be the people of Kerala who has to face destruction and deaths in the event of a dam burst.Denial of Kerala's right to check and point out discrepancies in the reports is a gross injustice.

from:  Kevin Fernandes
Posted on: Jan 4, 2012 at 10:25 IST

I request Government of Kerela to stop expressing fears now that Mr. C.D Thatte and Mr. D.K. Mehta reported to empowered committee of the Supreme Court that the dams are safe. It is not healthy to spread fear, that too being state sponsored. I was involved in Texas State Vs Mexico water sharing and I understand the anxities of the farmers on both sides. But educated people of Kerela should believe in engineering and science not in simulated television pictures of a breaking of a dam. Hope peace prevails between the two friendly neighboring states.

from:  Sam Kannappan
Posted on: Jan 4, 2012 at 10:11 IST

I hope for everyone's sake the studies and the results are true. If it's politically inspired move, then both sides are in peril. It will become a tragedy story at the cost of political ambitions.I am usually skeptical about Government (any part of government) initiated studies, but looking at the participants like BARC, I like to believe their findings are true. Hope the entire issue will be resolved amicably not doing permanent damage to the civilians of both end.

from:  Rhonald Moses
Posted on: Jan 4, 2012 at 09:45 IST

If the Empowered Committee relied on the technical reports of the
various agencies to come to its conclusions , I fail to see why it
would not release them to the Kerala Government . It is, of course,
entirely possible that experts who may be retained by the Kerala
Government, may challenge some aspects of the validity of the
information on which the Empowered Committee relied before reaching
its conclusions. If the technical information is not made public
the perception will always exist that there was some bias in the
Committee's deliberations. Considering the importance of the problem
involving the two States and their people the Committee should
aim for maximum transparency and fairness. As Albert Einstein once
pointed out," the right to search for truth implies also a duty; one
must not conceal any part of what one has recognized to be true."

from:  Muthian Gunasekaran
Posted on: Jan 4, 2012 at 09:43 IST

There is no surprice and it was a known fact that the two members of EC, who inspected the dam was totaly baised to TN and there is no wonder if somebody doubts that they were purchased by TN..!! They were acting like agents of TN and it was reported by all media form KL during thier visit..It is shame on Federal India to take baised decesions for politicaly and economicaly powerful states and ignoring the others..One technical team study shows it is danger and other says it is safe..!! Why to give a chance for doubt? What is the concern of TN on making a new dam, when water is assured? Come out and address the concern..!!

from:  JThomas
Posted on: Jan 4, 2012 at 09:35 IST

At last the Tamilnadu government's views over the safety of the Mullaiperiyaar dam are vindicated by the expert committee appointed by the supreme court. At least for the sake of the welfare of the peoples of the both states, the politicians in two state should keep them self most restrained in this matter and move further to strengthen the relationship of the both states and it had taken severe beaten for the past few months.

from:  A.SESHAGIRI
Posted on: Jan 4, 2012 at 09:23 IST

I request the people of Kerala not to fall prey to the false propaganda and graphics gimmicks. The experts, who are neutral in this issue, and who have nothing against Kerala, have declared that the dam is safe after thorough tests.

from:  Vidyasakaran Dhanapathi
Posted on: Jan 4, 2012 at 09:23 IST

Kudos to the technical committe. Now the forces behind new dam stands vindicated. Time and again, the committe's view proves the version of Tamilnadu and I hope Kerala government will atleast do patient hearing now and abide by Supreme Court decision.

from:  Prabakar
Posted on: Jan 4, 2012 at 09:15 IST

People in Kerala should agree with the panel's decision and should believe that it is unbiased. Even if it was a otherwise decision, people in Tamil Nadu should respect it. Certainly it is not about who is winning and who loses! It is only about safety. People should not believe in false rumors and should not involve in any violence acts.

from:  Sriraman Sridharan
Posted on: Jan 4, 2012 at 08:57 IST

The report is on the expected line.Tamil Nadu using its political clout or/and money got the expert to swing the report in their favour.In a country where even Chief Justices are accused of corruption (according to Prashant Bhusan8 out of 16 CJI from 1990 have been corrupt) What can one expect

from:  karan
Posted on: Jan 4, 2012 at 07:52 IST

The Hindu should try and maintain the balance in reporting in various editions. Reporters from Kerala always write their views in favor of demolishing the dam and unfortunately there is not much of voice from the TN side (in spite of the fact the The Hindu is head quartered in TN and started predominantly for english readers in Tamil Nadu). One sided reporting makes it NOT to be called, "India's National Newspaper". This kind of biased reporting hurts the sentiments of people of the other state.

from:  Venkatesh Ramakrishnan
Posted on: Jan 4, 2012 at 07:44 IST

Let us not ignore the feelings of the people supposedly getting affected by any catastrophe.It is proper to set up a permamnent establishment to handle emergencies if any.The time is now!The time is ripe for such action. Understanding the timing of disasters is not yet understood by scientific community in the world.Our India is definitely not great!

from:  atis
Posted on: Jan 4, 2012 at 07:33 IST

When an independent body has done the investigation and found it safe enough, then I think the Kerela Government should respect it. If the investigation whould have been done by the Tamil Nadu Government, then the issue would have been different; but since the Supreme Court authorised the investigation by appointing an Empowered Committee (EC), not respecting the report of the Supreme Court is against our Constitution.

from:  Aiman Reyaz
Posted on: Jan 4, 2012 at 07:18 IST

i think this report will be wash out the all growing belligerence between kerala and tamilnadu,and the existing distraught in kearla people especially from the districts of kottayam,alapuzha,iduki and eranakulam ! also it will be an solace for the kerala government. Also this will not be ended by this result because both kerala and tamilnadu have many political targets on this issue .but the sufferers of this issue are the innocent peoples in both states.for the normal revival for this people,both the kerala and tamilnadu state government and central government convene the issue .

from:  hashlee
Posted on: Jan 4, 2012 at 07:14 IST

It is now very clear, the whole exercise was politically motivated.what a pity!Kerala started its mission,first by saying the dam was old and weak, later on it went on to add the earthquake factor,that created the fear in the minds of the people.Can't blame the people,as usual in India,the master Politicians played their cards perfectly.What were they expecting out of it?We never know.But we do know what they achieved!! THE PEOPLE OF BOTH THE STATES STAND DEVIDED NOW!!

from:  Jaya Prakash
Posted on: Jan 4, 2012 at 06:56 IST

This should have been conducted earlier before the hate campaigns started on social networking sites .Better late than never . Hope this would pacific genuine fears about the dam .

from:  Arun
Posted on: Jan 4, 2012 at 06:38 IST

Let us hope that better sense prevails on Kerala and it accedes to increasing the water level. Additionally, all rivers, dams and other critical infrastructures should be made the property of the Govt. of India.

from:  Amaruvi Devanathan
Posted on: Jan 4, 2012 at 05:35 IST

I work in Bangalore in a software company and we have some farmland in udumapet, tamilnadu since 1991.Yesteday some people came and trashed our home and property stating that the property belongs to malayai's. This is indeed very saddening.

from:  Sethu
Posted on: Jan 4, 2012 at 05:26 IST

The case of Mullapperiyar has become a sad joke which is playing dice with the lives of people for political ends by the present day lilliputan politicians who cannot see beyond the tip of their nose. How a panel can say that the dam is safe or for that matter supreme court can give a judgement to the dam not to burst at any time even if there is an earth quake of any strength. All jokes. Kerala is the owner and the lesser of their property and Tamil Nadu is a mere lessee. There seems no need for any dispute. Kerala can do away with the lease agreement as the terms of lease has already been violated by TN. Both parties can then negotiate for a fresh deal considering the safety and welfare of all the people forgetting the nasty habit of seeing people as Tamil, Malayalee and so on. Respect every one and let every Indian to live peacefully without any intervention on the basic rights of people even by an elected government. Political gimmicks cannot work any more.

from:  K G KUTTY
Posted on: Jan 4, 2012 at 04:46 IST
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