Glaring contrasts in study report on Mullaperiyar: ex-MPC chief
The glaring contrasts in study reports prepared by various expert committees on the Mullaperiyar dam issue had led the Supreme Court to arrive at an 'anti-Kerala verdict,' said CP Roy, Former Chairman of the Mullapperiyar Protection Council (MPC).
'There were contrasts in the study reports prepared by IIT Delhi and Roorkee who were assigned with the job after the SC verdict in 2006.
'The Court had made remarks against the findings of the Safety Authority six times.
'It has led to the notion that the dam is safe. The state has also failed in analysing the report by the expert committee employed by the SC in 2012,' he said.
The study by IIT Delhi pointed out that the dam would not withstand water level exceeding 155 feet.
It was also said that the water will overflow through the 13 shutters and open spillway once the level crossed 136 feet, which could endanger the dam.
The state has failed to prove the contrast in these, he alleged.
He said the reports pointed out that the dam would not withstand an earthquake above magnitude 5.5 on the Richter scale.
The dam is located in Seismic Zone-III, the maximum magnitude of earthquakes in which is 4.5.
This contrast was also pointed out in the Court. T he failure to communicate the dangers in the Court has let down the state. He also overruled the chance for a new dam in Mullapperiyar. The observations by Justice KT Thomas, member of the empowered committee on the Mullaperiyar appointed by the Supreme Court, were not pro-Kerala, according to Mahatma Gandhi University Vice-chancellor AV George.
'With the Supreme Court verdict, justice has been denied to Kerala. "The SC has failed to consider the observations and studies made by scientific communities," Mr George said in his reaction here today.
'We have to doubt the fact whether SC had considered the safety issue of the people in Kerala. The effects of water pressure have also not been analysed,' he claimed.
'The dam is located in an earthquake prone area. The probability of earthquakes multiplies once the monsoons strengthened.
'Being one of the oldest structures in the state, the dam would not withstand an earthquake above magnitude 4 on the Richter scale.
'Studies have proven this fact. Still, SC failed to address the issue,' he alleged.
He added raising the water level from 136 feet could inundate the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary and Kumaly area which will hit the tourism industry in Thekkady.
The review appeal filed by the state does not bring any hope, he said, as the state reacted to the verdict coldly.
The appeal will be considered by the same panel which gave this verdict which reduces any hope, he said.
(Posted on 12-05-2014)