Drain dam water straight to the Arabian Sea from all Kerala dams.
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Dam waters were opened this monsoon season straight on to the Kerala rivers which were already full with rain water. Govt should not open dam water onto rivers beyond their carrying capacity. Hosts of riparian settlements were washed away and countless human lives lost because of the unscientific manner in which dams were opened without basic concern for the lives of the people.
This is a clear infringement of the fundamental rights of the citizens.
Government should find alternate ways to discharge/offload dam water to sea but never on to human settlements and private/public properties.
It was suicidal the way all dams were opened together during this monsoon season, without proper warning during the latest floods in Kerala. The situation is really bad and something needs to be done urgently to avert such recurring situations.
Lives and settlements were lost in Kerala, India as dams were opened to release excess water in one of the most deadly monsoon seasons.
What is needed is a paradigm shift in the way dams are being managed and government should table a white paper.
Dams should be drained straight to sea using tunnels like in foreign countries like Malaysia ( https://www.roadtraffic-technology.com/projects/smart/
) instead of the current way of opening them on to human settlements.
Riparian areas were totally destroyed due to the unscientific manner in which 35 dams were opened onto human settlements simultaneously, turning schools, villages, trading centres etc into graveyards.
Average Width of Kerala to sea is less than 100 kms. If pipes can be laid for thousands of kilometers from Iran to India for bringing oil, why can’t we have pipes and tunnels to drain overflowing dams to sea?
Lives are at stake, government should consider this seriously and lay underground tunnels and large pipes to drain dam water straight to the Arabian Sea. Surely Keralites would support this wholeheartedly even if this is done over the ground. Tunnels and pipes can be laid even under the river beds.
Islands like Wellington island and the Palm could be made using excavated soil. Cost of tunnels can be recovered by selling plots on these islands.
The project will boost the economy of the state and also boost tourism revenue.
Cash rich countries could be approached for grants interest free or otherwise and so also World Bank, IMF and the UN.
If a host of human settlements like Cheruthoni, Alwaye, Ernakulam etc and other riparian rural/semi urban/forest areas are to be saved, government should construct tunnels to drain Mullaperiyar/Idukki/Cheruthoni dams to sea like the SMART Priject of Malaysia.
What is needed is urgent action towards this goal. (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tunnel
(SMART (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
"SMART is a combined road and flood relief tunnel," explains Thomas at Ramboll. "It can be completely flooded to get rid of storm water and turned back into a road in a few hours."
The tunnel, the longest in Malaysia, was built to solve the problem of flash flooding in Kuala Lumpur. SMART can operate in three ways:
1. When there's no flooding, it serves purely as a road tunnel.
2. When there are floods, rainwater can be diverted into a lower channel, and the upper level will remain open to traffic.
3. When exceptionally heavy floods occur, the tunnel closes to all traffic and watertight gates open to allow floodwater to flow through.
Length: 9.7 kilometers (6.02 miles)
Fast fact: The tunnel is expected to prevent billions of dollars of possible flood damage and costs from traffic congestion. Since it opened in 2007, flood-prone areas such as Masjid Jamek, Dataran Merdeka, Leboh Ampang and Jalan Melaka have been spared inundation. https://edition.cnn.com/travel/amp/great-tunnels-2016/index.html
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