In what could possibly be one of the worst spells of monsoons, Tamil Nadu is currently staring at a rain deficiency of 67% in the state. The Farming community, which would be the most affected, are pinning their hopes on the cyclonic storm which is currently developing in Bay Of Bengal “Varadah”.
According to MET officials, this storm is likely be moving west-northwestwards towards the state of Andhra Pradesh and is very unlikely to bring rains to the central and southern parts of Tamil Nadu.
The water drinking needs of the State is also in a rather alarming condition. Chembarambakkam, Red Hills and Cholavaram primarily cater to the drinking need of Chennai city. While the combined capacity of all the four lakes is 11,057 million cubic feet (mcft), the current water storage of all four is just 1,122 mcft.
According to water managers, the current levels can supply the city at best for 2-3 months. The prime reason for this is the lack of enough rainfall in the catchment areas which feed the reservoirs.
The demise of TN CM/AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa had created a rather big void in the Political Leadership of the State. Finance Minister O Paneerselvam has stepped into her shoes to take up this challenge of running this state.
Unfortunately the first two moves of the new CM has brought a rather bleak picture for the state. In the first cabinet meet chaired by TN CM O Paneerselvam on saturday, A resolution was adopted to recommend to the Centre to award Bharat Ratna to honourable Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa.
The second move which was announced today also followed on similar political lines. The State Government had taken a decision to provide a compensation on Rs 3 Lakhs per to all the victims who had died in grief on hearing the death of TN CM J Jayalalithaa. As per estimates from the Government, the total number of deaths mounts to 470.
Is the kind of Governance one can expect at this stage when the state of Tamil Nadu is reeling under Water Crisis and Leadership Crisis? Please post your views as comments.