Tamil Nadu is battling the rain crisis but M K Stalin’s priority is to make appeasement politics
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin on Thursday requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to re-include Chennai as an embarkation point for Haj pilgrims.
The Haj Committee had earlier removed Chennai from the list of cities from embarking points.
In a letter to the Prime Minister, CM Stalin said that about 4,500 Haj pilgrims from Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, and Andaman and Nicobar Islands used Chennai as the embarkation point during 2019.
The Chief Minister’s letter comes amid the situation where Tamil Nadu battered intense showers while the depression over the Bay of Bengal crossed the coast by evening. As many as 14 people were killed in rain-related mishaps.
As many as 523 locations in Chennai were waterlogged of which only 68 were cleared today. More than 270 trees were uprooted of which many haven’t been cleared yet.
On Saturday, Chennai witnessed the highest rainfall in a single day since 2015. The India Meteorological Department said that a cyclonic circulation lies over north coastal Tamil Nadu, southeast of the Bay of Bengal and a low-pressure area is likely to form by November 9, which would then move towards the Tamil Nadu coast, bringing more rain for at least the next three days.
The rain situation in Chennai has always been worrisome. Instead of desalting and making its lakes deeper, it is intriguing how politics is being played over.
The extensive water-logging and flooding across Chennai have happened because of wrong land-use planning, unsustainable urbanization. Excess rainwater has nowhere to go in Chennai, as most of its pathways leading into the sea have been blocked through unauthorized and illegal structures. So there’s no lesson learned from the past for the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, M K Stalin. He is all up for appeasement politics amid the crisis that Tamil Nadu is facing.
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