Thursday, December 15, 2011

Save our Mullai periyaru! Why?

To our fellow Indians…

So far you have been made to believe what the Keralites driven indian media wanted you to believe. They have forcefully inserted their opinions about Mullai Periyaru issue in the minds of people, with no factual evidence. But here I have provided you with FACTS, out of which I want you to make an opinion on your own, based on the facts and FACTS only!

The two main questions raised to Tamilnadu are,

1)”Is it not dangerous to rely on MP dam which is now 116 years old? How long it can sustain?”
2)”The Government of Kerala, after building the proposed new dam, has promised to provide tamilnadu with the same quantity of water it provides now. But then, why Tamilnadu is so adamant in not accepting the offer?"

Before answering these, there are a few facts you must know about the MP dam.

1)      It was built in 1895 in an area of 8000 acres that belonged to Travancore Kingdom. So a pact was made and according to that, the place was leased for 999 years with a rent of 40000rs per year. And the dam built in that area would belong to Tamilnadu and the place would belong to the kingdom of Travancore, which is now the state of kerala.

2)       The important point to be noted is that, a part of Periyaru (river) originates in Tamilnadu and then it travels 47kms to join mullayaru originating in the western Ghats of kerala. And again, please remember that a part of the river and the whole dam (including operational rights) belongs to Tamilnadu!  But unfortunately, since the dam is situated in the place belonging to Kerala, the dam and the operations is dominated by the Kerala government for many years now.

3)      The MP dam can hold water up to 152 feet or 15.66TMC out of which only 10TMC can be used. The remaining is dead storage. Approximately 2,08,000 acres of agricultural land in the districts of Madurai, Theni, Ramanathapuram, sivagangai which includes more than 10lacs farmers,  solely depend on MP dam for water and there is NO other source! And also, around 60Lac civilians count on the water from MP dam for their drinking purpose. So obviously water from MP Dam is the lifeline for more 1/7th of the whole Tamilnadu population. So depriving water from MP dam would make the area a desert and would take away the only source of their living.

Now, why this sudden propaganda about the weakness of the dam? Why all this havoc?

1)In the year of 1976, Kerala built a dam in Idikki (Idikki dam) which has a capacity of more than 7 times that of MP dam, i.e 70TMC.
2) But unfortunately Idikki dam could never be filled because MP dam was in its way and it got filled year after year for three years. This was not anticipated by the kerala government. And obviously they got disappointed.

3)Immediately  in 1979 a call to demolish Mullai Periyaru Dam was raised by kerala, stating that the dam was weak and if it explodes, 35lakhs people would die of flood!

A new dam! Is is not a favor for tamilnadu? 

1) If mullai periyaru is demolished, the water would straight away fill idikki dam and it will fulfill its purpose.

2) But Mullaiperiyaru cannot be demolished without proposing an alternative. So kerala formulated an idea for a new dam, which is ridiculous and practically of zero value to Tamilnadu..

3) The idea for a new dam is just an eye wash. The proposed place to build the new dam is at a height of 1853feet from sea level. Whereas the MP dam is at a height of 2861feet from the Sea level. Meanwhile, the water pathway from MP dam is artificially made by digging caves through mountains and due to the sky scrapping height at which MP dam is situated, though there are many hurdles, the water travels many kilometers and reaches the vaigai river in Tamilnadu. But this cannot happen with the proposed new dam. Even if the Kerala government wanted to provide Tamilnadu with water, they could not because of the natural barriers.

What if Mullai periyaru is really weak? How could somebody take such a big a risk?

Even for the sake of argument, if we assumed that MP is weak and it would explode, the water released will straight away reach Idikki dam which is at a very lower altitude. There are no cities or villages in between this mountainous terrain pathway, and what kerala states about the loss of lives and all is utter nonsense.

Facts and Repair procedures:

1)      As kerala claims, MP Dam is not just a dam built of lime stone. In the year of 1933, 50 ton cement was injected to strengthen the dam. And again in the year 1960, 500 ton cement mixture was injected.

2)      In the year of 2000 supreme court ordered a commission to evaluate the MP dam and according to that commission, tamilnadu did used the latest anchoring technology and injected concrete mixture. And also a concrete shield was constructed over the entire outer structure of the dam. Literally a new concrete dam was built.

3)      After all these procedures, supreme court evaluated the dam and was very much impressed with the strength of the dam and ordered to raise the storage level to 156feet on 27/02/2006.

4)      As an immediate reaction to this, Kerala passed a resolution in its assembly which not only disregarded the order but also was very much against the order of the Supreme Court. Now again Tamilnadu has reached the supreme court for justice. Anticipating a Judgement against them, kerala has created all these false propaganda and havoc which is puncturing the brotherly relationship between the people of two states.

Now my dear Indians! These are facts! Decide yourselves. Cross check these facts and choose your side. Support us in our farmers’ plea for their livelihood. I don’t think kerala politicians are technically stronger than the commission appointed by the supreme court to evaluate the MP Dam. Kerala has openly challenged the supreme court which is the highest authority and the deciding factor of our country.

The photo you see above is not of some African country. It was shot during a famine (1876-78) in tamilnadu. Only after this famine, Benny Quik decided to build the Mullai periyaru dam and saved millions of lives. If Tamilnadu loses the MP Dam now, it would face such a famine once again! Please support us and help us save the dam. Share this link. Thank you! -Don Ashok

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