Intolerance Washed Away in crisis of chennai floods
– Let’s ponder over the root cause and figure out remedial measures
Chennai – the capital city of the Indian State of Tamil Nadu and fourth-most populous metropolitan area of the country, owing to lack of administerial arrangements, is coping up with the crisis of flood these days. Illegal encroachment of lake beds and marshlands combined with the corporation not conducting proper de-silting has blocked the city’s drainage network. This problem has been further compounded by poorly planned pedestrian platforms that block the road’s water outlet.
As per the sources, in Netherlands, appropriate drainage systems were developed to cope-up with such situations almost 400 years back and presently, the country has 430 municipal corporations with pumping stations which flow out the extra water of flood into reservoirs or rivers in a well-regulated manner. Also, many European cities, along with other places like Singapore, Paris and New York, have developed washing outlets which are joined with sewer system in a manner that the garbage/dump is transformed into bio-particles or molecules, which are further utilized as fertilizers or in other constructive ways.
The biggest ever drainage system is said to be present in New Orleans (USA) where 2 hurricanes are anticipated within 3 years and every year it rains more than 5 ft, but water logging has never been a concern there.
After having dealt with the hurricane ‘Katrina’ in 2005, 3 more pumping stations have been developed in the USA to curb the menace of water logging.
It is also to be noted that natural calamities occur when nature is tampered in some way or the other. In Chennai, there are several places, where buildings were constructed in place of reservoirs or rivers, where usually extra water due to heavy rains could be shifted in ideal scenario. This natural imbalance also causes chaos.
It is also significant to note here that every developed country has rules and regulations on cleanliness, failing which the person causing the menace is liable to pay either hefty penalty or is subject to clean the city for 12 hours or more or other relevant sentences, which is certainly lacking in our country’s scenario.
We sympathize the people of Chennai and as responsible citizens of India, expect proper drainage system for every state of the nation as developed countries have, so that we may not have to deal with such situations in future. Additionally, it is also expected that ‘Swachh Bharat/ Clean India Campaign’ be carried out further with more pragmatic measures to make India cleaner so that in case of heavy rains, garbage may not block the drainage system.
As far as remedial measures and contributions at celebrity levels are concerned, Dhanush, son-in-law of the famous South Indian Cine star – Rajnikant along with other concerned celebrities, has donated lakhs of rupees to overcome the crisis of flood in Chennai. On the other hand, the alleged “Mr. Perfectionist” – Amir Khan is enjoying fun time on his vacation abroad. Another world famous Bollywood Cine Star – Shahrukh Khan, who is said to have earned in crores from the film “Chennai Express”, is busy with his next movie’s promotion without expressing sympathy for the victims/aggrieved. Prudent people have appealed that instead of buying tickets of his film, it is better to donate in the ‘Chennai Relief fund’ as they are busy with their own personal and professional lives rather than showing concerns or intolerance over the Chennai crisis. Let’s analyze ourselves whether this is supposed to be a “perfectionist” or “tolerant” act.