Chennai : How do you prevent water from a river from evaporating? Well if you are seeking some innovative response then you should tap into the wisdom of Tamil Nadu’s Cooperation Minister Sellur Raju.
The politician hailing from Madurai came up with a brainwave of an anti-evaporation idea on Friday. He chose to float sheets of thermocol in River Vaigai, 67 Kms off Madurai, in a bid to provide a protective shield on the river hoping to save water in a severe drought year.
And for this eye-popping novelty, the State Government spent Rs 10 lakh to procure the thermocol sheets. “This technology has been tested abroad successfully,” he told journalists in the presence of an enthused team of bureaucrats from the District Collectorate and Public Works Department.
Only that the idea bombed badly. As soon the minister set float some thermocol sheets gusty winds blew them away to the river banks. But Raju was not the one to give up.
He asked some people to take the thermocol sheets on coracles and leave them deep inside the river. This time the thermocol sheets reached the river banks quicker than the return of those on coracles. So Rs 10 lakh was blown away in a couple of hours.
On Saturday, the Minister was heavily trolled on social media for his ingenious idea. Some memes depicted him as the Bahubali hero carrying huge thermocol sheets. “Next time Raju would hold an umbrella to prevent water from evaporating,” said another meme.
“This is a thermocol Government,” said another. Fighting shy Raju on Saturday claimed that it was officials who gave him the idea. “It didn’t work. We will now examine floating black rubber balls as is done abroad to prevent evaporation,” he said.