11 May Now every one is wonders truck and spell bound after the judgement
Some clergy man part of samrakshana samithy came out with harsh comments against justice KT Thomas, who was part of a high power committee that inspected the dam on behalf of the apex court. There is no point in saying that the dam will come down as a house of cards in the event of an earthquake. In fact the seismic it’s of idukki dist was monitored only from the construction of the arch dam. And the arch dam has been around from mid seventies and it stands stout and tall. The Mullaperiyar has also been standing tall and straight. There is some kind of leak that is considered normal in all such structures.
We the experts and the lay peo.ple only argues with sentiment, emotion and drama. There was little science to convince the justices. There was no instance of dam failure due to an earthquake in recorded history. The St. Vaiont dam in Italy spilled the water, crated a flood wave and devastated the downstream property and life by the flood crest of the water that spilled out of the dam due to a large block of rock and soil descending into the reservoir forcing the water to spill over. The slide triggered by a quake.
Now every one is wonders truck and spell bound after the judgement. It is better to look forward and not look back. I heard some voices asking for IAS men to go for arguing with the counter part. Great idea. It is better to try ideas and earn another cup of failure to stomach. For us in Kerala IAS! iPS minds, politicians, dharma s and mochas are the tools available. No science or tech. Enjoy it as long as we can. The iits looked only at the flood crest height and velocities of the flood wave using models. Presumption was a dam failure at the Mullaperiyar. It was not about the possibility of eq. As far as eq is concerned we got to work with hind cast data only.
That is the catch. We are in a situation like mr Krishnakumar in respect of the kudankulam power station. Working on hypes and models.
Have a great day.