Tamil Nadu cooperatives minister Sellur K Raju, whose idea of setting afloat sheets of thermocol to prevent water from Vagai dam from evaporating, went viral today spoke to India Today.
Here's what he said:How did you come up with this idea? How is it scientifically possible?
In 2006, it was done in Delhi, and an agricultural university in Rajasthan did a research which said that musk oil, wheat dust and paddy dust can be used to preserve water from evaporation. The research said that thermocol is equivalent to this.
You can search the Internet. So officials suggested we try this on 5 per cent of 60 acre land of water so we decided to use for five cent of land
How did you spend tax payers' money without any research?
So we decided to use for Rs 8,000 to begin with, but we got small size thermocol, so it kind it floated away. Otherwise the plan would have been a success.So did you spend Rs 10 lakh of tax payers money
No just Rs 8,000. Special projects like these have a budget of Rs 10 lakh, but we didn't spend the entire amount. As everyone criticised the plan we stopped it.
Did you take advice from scientists?
We have water only for fifteen days. What can be done. We thought thermocol would prevent one third of the evaporation. Since we need water we did this research
Everyone has hit out at this project and you have become a laughing stock...
I am not taking them seriously. They are just politicising it
Will you continue with the project?
Minister says thanks and bangs the phone
THE INCIDENT: HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED
Tamil Nadu is under severe drought that requires immediate attention and scared of being accused of failing to take any measure, the government is out of slumber.
Tamil Nadu Co-operatives Minister Sellur Raju had a creative idea of setting afloat sheets of thermocol taped together on the Vaigai dam to prevent the water from evaporating.