Saturday, December 3, 2011

India: Mullaperiyar Dam - Impending National Disaster

Tamil Nadu fully aware of danger to Mullaperiyar dam

Ajay Kanth, TNN | Dec 1, 2011, 03.58PM IST
The Times of India.
KOCHI: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa may be shouting herself hoarse on the structural strength of the Mullaperiyar dam, but engineers of the Tamil Nadu government are fully aware of the dangers to the dam. Underwater visuals recorded by a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) show a deep fracture along the entire 1,200 ft length of the dam's foundation. The dam has inclined inwards as a result.

The visuals came from an inspection carried out by experts, including those from Tamil Nadu and Kerala, for the high-power committee set up by the Supreme Court to look into the stability of the dam. The ROV inspection began on March 5, after dividing the entire structure into 23 sectors, and lasted nearly a month.

"The CDs have been endorsed by officials from Tamil Nadu and Kerala. They have signed the CDs, and have submitted them before the high-power committee appointed by Supreme Court. 

The CDs show a huge crack in the foundation of the dam running all along the span of 1200 ft. The Tamil Nadu officials are fully aware of it," one engineer from Kerala, who was part of the inspection team, told TOI.

The visuals recorded by the ROV have been transferred to 42 CDs which have signatures of engineers from both Tamil Nadu and Kerala governments. When contacted, a Tamil Nadu official, who had analysed the visuals taken by the ROV, refused to acknowledge the crack. "There are 15 CDs and we have analysed the visuals. The CDs have been endorsed by senior engineers of the Tamil Nadu government," the official said.

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