While the devastating natural crisis is being suffered in Chennai, the common denominator that binds every crisis with that of the whole country is as banal as its cities. The workaday talk is not how mortifying floods are, but rather how disastrous it would get if we don’t incorporate the run-of-the-mill precautions into our everyday life to prevent something like that from happening in Mumbai, or in any city. Let’s focus on what the government is implementing and not implementing, but also on the transparent measure that citizens can put in practice per diem. Nothing gravitating on this earth can prevent monsoon, and in some cases even a temperate flood is inevitable, but floods that at the maximal level cause damages that are beyond reason and convention can be interfered with.
Each level of government has a different role to play in the pre-flood and post-flood crisis, and which out of the two is most important is not valid at this point. Just like the government, the citizens of this country, too, have a different role to play in the pre-flood and post-flood crisis.
The severe flooding in Chennai again proves that India is not ready for extreme weather conditions which are becoming more and more frequent and intense. Such disasters can’t play a role in the awakening of the government to realize that it needs to become more weather friendly, with the growing intensity of monsoon each year from June to September, sometimes even further down the year. But, unfortunately, Chennai’s ill-fate is India’s vivication. The combined parts of performances by builders, planners, administrators and even common people in matters of environmental and infrastructural development and maintenance is abysmal. Much of Chennai has grown without a plan and with no regard to water flows, and without anticipating extreme weather conditions. Then there’s illegal construction. The authority held responsible for this unplumbed show is the Chennai’s Metropolitan Development Authority; without pressing further blame, which it is not the intention, the master plan drafted in 2008 and its short-comings has paid a very unfortunate prices in 2015. What’s next?
Are we waiting for 2015’s master plan to blow-up in our faces, cause damage, suffering, and more suffering in the next 5-8 years?
India’s unsystematic and biased procedures that rise from the ground up almost at the wake of every personal gain, political or otherwise, must get methodical and evenly selective to the means for environmental clearance. The drivers behind these procedures include all government bodies and common people. With the disgraced urban planning and development, which has led to the floods in India’s fourth most populous city, dumping indestructible plastic which accumulates in water channels and storm water and sewage networks, causing blockage is forbidden in the name of humanity, not law. Stop caring about what the media covers and doesn’t, anticipate every nook and corner before flinging these weapons of destructions as they will hit you back one day either by the waves of the sea stumbling on Marine Drive (which happened this year!) or by the floods that take away your freedom, health, sanity, and homes. Think about both human and animal sufferings before you carelessly disrespect your own future by your lazy and reluctant lifestyle.