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For a New Dam

The Mullaperiyar dam is very old and unsafe due to a number of factors. Perhaps, it is better to construct a new dam. However, three factors must be taken into account before doing so. First, the environmental impact of the proposed new dam must be considered. The proposal actually includes building two dams, out of which one is the major dam of 53.22 metres in height and 370 metres in length, and the minor dam which is supposed to be 25 metres high, 137 metres in length and will take up 150 acres of forestland.

The Mullaperiyar dam is very old and unsafe due to a number of factors. Perhaps, it is better to construct a new dam. However, three factors must be taken into account before doing so. First, the environmental impact of the proposed new dam must be considered. The proposal actually includes building two dams, out of which one is the major dam of 53.22 metres in height and 370 metres in length, and the minor dam which is supposed to be 25 metres high, 137 metres in length and will take up 150 acres of forestland. Second, the agreement of the existing Mullaperiyar dam should be modified based on a broad consensus and it should be made available to the public before a final agreement between the two states. And, third, Kerala should handle the waste of the existing Mullaperiyar dam on an eco-friendly basis at the time of the dam’s decommissioning.

A D Manikandan

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