On October 10, 1886, a 999-year lease was signed between Maharaja de Travancore, Visakham Thirunal Rama Varma and the British Foreign Minister for India for Periyar Irrigation Works. The lease was signed by Dewan de Travancore V Ram Iyengar and Madras State Secretary J C Hannington. The lease was concluded after 24 years of negotiations between the Maharajah and the British. The lease granted the Secretary of State for India the full right to build and execute the power and freedom to build and execute on leased land, and only if all this irrigation and other related work is built. The agreement gave 8000 hectares of land for the dam and an additional 100 hectares for the construction of the dam. The tax per hectare was 5 euros per year. The lease granted the British the rights to “all waters” of the Mullaperiyar and its watershed for an annual rent of 40,000 euros.  I do not trust justice, which I think is unnecessary, because Mr. Anand and Mr.
Lodha are not concerned if a million people die, if the M.P. dam is broken. They are doing their duty, that`s all. The law, whether it is an intergovernmental dam or the murder of a nun, has no compassion. The Goverment of Kerala could have reviewed the repugnant lease at least by referring to a typographical error, i.e. instead of 99 years, which was seized at number 999. No one on earth who lives today will be alive after 883 years, while everyone who lives on the side of Kerala or the Tamil side Nadu thinks why our ancestors were so stupid. Intergovernmental disputes must be resolved with an iron fist by the centre if it has a strong spine. It should be abandoned, because then we can only call it a united India. (This refers to the road recently blocked by Karnataka in the COVID issue19). There are brilliant master`s engineers who have studied soil mechanics and seismology who should be appointed to judge the stability of the dam. Not a law graduate.
The law will tinker with precedents until the death of all concerned, as is the case in the case of the murder of the nun Sr.Abhaya. For your friendly information, the case has been alive for 26 years, nothing happened. Three years after that ruling, Thursday`s recent court order shows that the Mullaperiyar Dam remains a bone of contention between Kerala and Tamil Nadu, with mutilating interpretations of everything from the correctness of the 1886 agreement that governs its use to the structural security of the project. The Mullaperiyar Dam is a dam on the Periyar River in the Indian state of Kerala  It is located 881 m above sea level, on the cardamom hills of the Western Ghats in Thekkady, Idukki district of Kerala, in southern India.