I am writing this letter to show my strong support for building a new dam in Mullaperiyar . Controversies over this issue has been on for more than 40 years and nothing has been done to solve this issue.
Mullaperiyar Dam stands over the headwaters of the Periyar River in 1895 Kerala, India. It is operated by the Government of Tamil Nadu according to a 999-year lease agreement made during the British colonial rule. The dam was build with using stone and Surki (A mixture of sugar and calcium oxide) and the estimated life span of the dam was 50 years.The dam still holds 443.23 million cubic meter water and the water level is currently maintained at 136 feet.
Though this dam has outlived its estimated life span, it has started to show damages that are of great concern. If the dam fails, it will wipe off five heavily populated districts situated at the downstream : Idukki, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Alappuzha and Patthanamthitta (aproximately 40 lakh people).
As a citizen of India, I ask of you to find a solution this problem. If the dam fails 40 lakh lives will be lost and this will go down in the pages of history as a catastrophe that has never happened before and as one that will never happen ever again. This is not a political issue of two states. This issue is about the safety of 40 LAKH INDIAN CITIZENS.
We ask of you to put an end to our sleepless nights over the constant fear of a devastating calamity.
Sandra Eliswa Naduvilaparambil.