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Rain bombs in this Diwali, but helps in filling up reservoirs...

Happy news to the parched state but a sad ending to the Diwali sales, the recent rains that lashed through the state, left certain parts flooded and dark during the festival of lights.

Rain bombs in this Diwali, but helps in filling up reservoirs...

Apart from the cracker industry, other products retail sector has also bore the brunt. Ranganathan Street in T Nagar is famous for the 24 hour shopping during Diwali eve. The last minute shopping adds to more than double the earnings on any ordinary day. Thanks to the rain, the sales girls and boys caught come breath but have lost much incentive.     

The cracker industry that finds its genesis in Sivakasi and that was geared for the festive season was the worst hit in the rain. With competition intense from cheap, dumped Chinese products, the Indian cracker industry is cracking. Nearly 80 per cent of country's total crackers are manufactured in Sivakasi and its surrounding villages in Tamil Nadu. The annual turnover of firecracker industry is Rs. 3000 crore and this is mostly from the domestic units located in Tamil Nadu. Incessant rains right from two days before the Diwali forced shoppers indoors. This not only has spoilt sales but has also damaged several goods stocked. Adding to this the effective ‘no-noise’ Diwali campaign has taken some roots in the society which has made a few more shun crackers.

Apart from the cracker industry, other products retail sector has also bore the brunt. Ranganathan Street in T Nagar is famous for the 24 hour shopping during Diwali eve. The last minute shopping adds to more than double the earnings on any ordinary day. Thanks to the rain, the sales girls and boys caught come breath but have lost much incentive.  

Yet the good news is that the parched city will be water safe for a few months. The reservoirs that supply water have got good rainfall. Chennai receives water from four main Reservoirs situated in Poondi, Cholavaram, Red Hills and Chembarambakkam . The below graph brings relief to the city. Yet the storage is much below the capacity


Reservoir Name

Storage (Mcft)

Storage as on same day last year (Mcft)

Total Storage Capacity(Mcft)

POONDI

204

271

3231

CHOLAVARAM

160

52

881

RED HILLS

471

1029

3300

CHEMABARAMBAKKAM

885

1154

3645

TOTAL

1720

2506

11,057

As on 11 November 2015


Apart from these the city is also to get a new reservoir at Thervoy Kandigai-Kannankottai. The reservoir will source Krishna water from Kandaleru Poondi canal and will also get inflow from two local lakes – Rajan eri and Karadipudur eri. The Rs 330 crore project is expected to be completed by three months and soon Chennai Metrowater will connect it to the Poondi Reservoir.

Chennai’s drinking water requirement is 850 million litres per day. The drinking water storage has doubled in less than 48 hours, thanks to the rain. By crossing the 1000 Mcft the city hopes to tide the forthcoming summer months as the rain would have recharged the under ground water table too. The same is the case throughout the state with several dry rivers, lakes and ponds being refurbished with fresh water and even leaving certain areas to be even flooded.

This calls in for proper assessment of rainfall and preparing ourselves to handle the same. Though the state machinery had been anticipating this much needed rainfall, the preparedness for the same seems to be much low. Several main roads were flooded and the poor storm water drainage islanded several areas. The Corporation has spent more than Rs 5000 crore during the last ten years to repair the storm water drains. Rs 350 crore has been allotted for the year for the same but the ground reality is starkingly different. Subways and main roads stood water-logged leaving commuters stranded. When the city suffers from drought such wastage needs to be controlled to make the optimum use.


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