The strength of the dam, capacity and the danger etc are technical matters which only the experts can comment. We also do not know as to what exactly is the agenda of political parties, as their main aim appears to fool the people. The agreement became void after we go independence. At that time the Government of Kerala and all the leaders who are shedding the crocodile tears over the danger to innocent people failed to take a correct stand and allowed the lease agreement to be renewed. Only the rent appears to have been increased.
If the Government and the political leaders are genuinely interested in protecting the interests of Kerala, they should study all aspects of the issue to find out any loop- hole in the provisions. They should have a clear understanding as to the issue to be presented. If it safety factor, even now it is not too late to get a small group of experts in the field of earthquake, structural engineering etc to study the issue and give a report and then proceed.
If it is some other issue, there need not be beating around the bush. The matter has to be taken on a straight course and fight out. We should also not forget the fact that the dam is supplying water to Melur, Madurai, Sivaganga, Thirumangalam and Usilampatti areas for agriculture and other purposes. Though they may not bother about the lives of the people residing in the area which may be affected in event of damage to the dam, they will have serious concern about the loss of water supply. If that happens, they cannot be sure of getting any water again from that source.
Ramanathan A R