Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MP Stalin instructs task force to find permanent solution to prevent flooding


Efforts should be made to avoid a repeat of what happened during the recent heavy rains: MK Stalin

Chennai:

A permanent solution must be found to avoid flooding and the resulting damage during the rainy season, Chief Minister MK Stalin said on Friday and instructed a committee set up for flood mitigation to quickly submit a report on the programs to be implemented to achieve the objective.

The panel is expected to advise on long-term plans for neighboring Tiruvallur, Kancheepuram, Chengelpet and Ranipet districts as well as Chennai, Stalin said at a consultative meeting of the Flood Mitigation and Management Committee of the Chennai metropolitan area held at the Secretariat here.

The chief minister, referring to his visit to Tuticorin on Thursday, said people know more than authorities about the reasons for the flooding and called on authorities to take local wisdom into account in their proposals to avoid the flooding.

Without naming the previous AIADMK regime, he said water supply channels were blocked under the guise of implementing smart city projects in Chennai and Tuticorin, resulting in flooding.

Efforts should be made to avoid a repeat of what happened in the recent heavy rains, Mr Stalin said, apparently referring to a large-scale flooding.

He highlighted his government’s preparations before the onset of the northeast monsoon on October 25 and the work the government has undertaken amid the rains to prevent flooding.

He recalled his inspections in the rain-battered northern, delta and southern districts and praised government officials and employees for their hard work, which he said minimized damage compared to previous years.

Pointing to the damage “under our eyes” in the face of the rains, he said that a “permanent solution should be found” and that is why the government has set up the panel.

Detailed plans should be submitted to the government to tackle the rains, however intense they may be, he said.

Chennai and several other neighboring regions in the northern, delta and southern districts of Kanyakumari were hit hard in recent monsoon rains which resulted in high water saturation and flooding of crops.

Tamil Nadu’s capital and its suburbs witnessed a downpour for several days in November, which also resulted in metro closures and traffic diversions.

Mr. Stalin said that in addition to flood prevention, regional and departmental plans should also be formulated for water management and that in Chennai, area level consultations and planning are needed to avoid flooding. floods.

“All of this must be done immediately. The formulation of the programs should not take several months. Report back as soon as possible. We will implement these programs as quickly as possible. I am confident that they can be implemented with your cooperation. “

He urged the panel to prepare flood prevention plans and promptly submit an “accurate” report encompassing workable plans so that the impact of recently observed downpours is avoided in the coming season.

The Chief Minister ordered all government departments to provide the necessary assistance to the committee.

Mr. Stalin urged everyone to work in cohesion so that the whole of Tamil Nadu becomes “the supreme state” in water management.

The group is led by V Thiruppugazh, a retired IAS officer (cadre from Gujarat) who has held various positions.

Previously, he was an advisor to the National Disaster Management Authority and worked under Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he was Chief Minister of Gujarat.

Ministers of State, Chief Secretary V Irai Anbu, Thiruppugazh and senior officials attended.


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