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.
Sheets of thermocol worth Rs 10 lakh was used to cover an area of 10 square kilometers. The plan was to hire many coracles, take the sheets on it, stick them together with tapes and let it float atop the river. And the plan was okayed by the ministers and two district collectors.
As expected by the people, the whole lot of thermocols, drifted away within minutes to the shore just making the ministers and authorities embarrassed. Sellur Raju said that all he was trying to do was save water.
Upon a bit of digging, it was discovered that authorities have tried to copy a method where 4 inch plastic balls called 'shade balls' were used to avoid water from evaporating in California's Sylmar Lake reservoir.
96 million plastic balls of accurate shapes were made to flow which could avoid accumulating on the shore.
As thermocol plan has failed, Sellur Raju has decided to float rubber balls and people are waiting eagerly to see how that would turn out.