“What Were You Doing Since 2015 ?” Madras High Court Slammed Chennai Corporation !!

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Madras High court came down hard on the Chennai corporation over the inundation caused in the city due to the heavy rains. The court criticized the body saying that citizens “cry for water” in the first half of the year and die due to water in the second part. The high court also warned that if the water logging situation was not brought under control, and the troubles faced by the residents doesn’t decrease by the weekend, it would take up suo motu proceedings.

The uninterrupted rain gushed out of reservoirs and while several roads and low-lying areas remained inundated in Chennai, after heavy rains lashed the city and parts of Tamil nadu since Saturday. KKSSR Ramachandran, Tamil nadu revenue and disaster management minister said that five people have lost their lives due to rain. He also told the media that more damages are expected if the rain intensifies.

Authorities reported that 1,107 people have been sheltered in in 48 relief camps in Chennai after Tamil nadu recorded 43% of rainfall above normal. 24.12 cm is considered as normal which is 241.2 mm. The state has recorded 34.61 cm of rain which is 346.1 mm. 310 people are housed in 10 shelters in the northern districts of Kancheepuram, Tiruvannamalai, Chengalpet and Tiruvallur with food and all other basic amenities.

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Chief Justice Sanib Bannerjee and Justice P D Aadikesavalu wondered as to what the authorities were doing for the past 5 years after 2015 floods. While hearing a petition which sought direction to Tamil nadu government to maintain adequate width of public roads in the state, the court made the observations.

“Half of the year, we are longing for water and for the rest of year we are dying in water in Chennai” the court said in its oral observations. “It may be out of the context to record that the ongoing rains and the floods in and around Chennai and elsewhere in the state should be a lesson for the government officials to take immediate action against any person attempting to encroach into any water body or the path meant for flowing water during the rainy reason.” the court said.

Cadres of DMK and ADMK government blaming each other as soon as the statement from Madras high court emerged. While reactions surfaced questioning the previous government of AIADMK, few also questioned why Kolathur area, MLA of which is current CM MK Stalin is filled with water. People who are suffering also expressed their disappointment over how careless the authorities of the state are. Check out some of the reactions below :

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