Make alternative flood forecast plan: HC to State

The Madras High Court has directed the state to make alternative arrangements for flood forecasting in the short term, until 14 such stations proposed by Central Water Commission is set up.

The Buckingham Canal before (above) and after restoration works were carried out at Kathivakkam

The Buckingham Canal before (above) and after restoration works were carried out at Kathivakkam

The First Bench comprising Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice R Mahadevan on perusing the report filed by the Principal Secretary, PWD, also recorded the submission of the petitioner that Tamil Nadu State Disaster Management Plan for 2016 has left several issues unaddressed. The petitioner informed the court that the plan is a duplication of the Himachal Pradesh plan with even the same typographical errors. It was contended that what is good for hill area may not be necessarily capable of being implemented in Tamil Nadu.
Also, pointing out that there must be a long term and short term perspective, it was further submitted that the plan relies on warnings to be issued by Flood Forecasting Station of the Central Water Commission. But the fact remains that at present, there are no flood forecasting stations in Tamil Nadu. The bench on recording these aspects, sought the petitioners to give their suggestions within two weeks to the committee of the State Disaster Management Authority, which will examine the suggestion within four weeks and forward it to the National Disaster Management for further inputs.
Buckingham Canal restored at Kathivakkam
Fishermen of the Kathivakkam municipality in Ennore are a happy lot now that the Buckingham Canal stretch was finally dredged and widened.
Srinivasan Rajesh, a fisherman from Kattukuppam, a village close to the canal, said that after decades of demanding for a restoration, the community is happy to see the transition. “This particular stretch of the Buckingham Canal was polluted by fly ash from the nearby thermal power plants as well as municipal solid waste. We are happy that the officials have heeded to our requests as the Tangedco dredged the water-body and removed the two roads encroaching the canal. Despite the efforts taken, there is a need to stop municipal waste and sewage from mixing with the water,” said the fisherman.
The original article appeared on DT Next on 16th November 2016 – Read it here

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