Mullaperiyar dam | Photo: Sajan V Nambiar
New Delhi: Idukki MP Dean Kuriakose has approached the Supreme Court seeking permission to join as party in a case relating to the security of Mullaperiyar Dam.
The petition filed by Idukki MP addressed the concerns of the dam security and alleged that there would be a death toll ten times worse than what was recorded after the 1975 Banqiao Dam failure in China. The petition also sought to determine the expiry date of the Mullaperiyar dam.
Dean Kuriakose has approached the Supreme Court to join the case ahead of the final hearing this week on various petitions relating to the safety of the dam. Dean has applied to join as party in the case filed by 'Save Kerala Brigade'.
Other dams located in the areas where the water flows from the dam will also collapse. Dean Kuriakose explained in a petition filed in the Supreme Court that such a disaster is scientifically proven to be 180 times more deadly than the atomic bomb that struck the Japanese city of Hiroshima.
The petition explained that heavy rains and climate change could destroy even solid dams. An example of this is the collapse of the Banquio Dam in China, which was built scientifically with better engineering skills. The petition also details the unpredictability of dams and the dangerous gamble played by some on the matter.
Idukki MP said that people live in fear in areas where water from the dam flows. Mullaperiyar is located in a very remote place. The petition states that the decommissioning of the dam will not affect the drought-affected areas of Tamil Nadu and that the state will be ready to supply water to Tamil Nadu even after construction of the new dam.