North East monsoon arrives at last?

We have had so much rain, especially in the month of July, that the water table has been already recharged, and there doesn’t seem to be much news in the media about the North East monsoon and its arrival except for here. The article did mention that it could get active by this weekend, and sure enough, the clouds have rolled in along with the rain. The question is, how intensive is the NE monsoon likely to be this year?

I haven’t been able to locate any forecasts to share with you, and will if I come across any. However, there is general trepidation that if it is intense, we are likely to see quite a bit of flooding given the level of ground water. Still, a water surplus is always better than a deficit I suppose given past experiences. Which brings us to the question: Why can’t we do more to store the surplus water rather than let it run down the rivers and into the sea like last year? Deepen the reservoirs perhaps? Or build additional storage? If you know of such plans do share it with us. It would be good to know.

7 Comments so far

  1. Nishanth (unregistered) on October 21st, 2007 @ 5:56 pm

    Yesterday an official from the MET department said that the NE monsoon would arrive in 3 days and it looks like it has arrived a bit early.

    But the problem like you said is that we are not able to the store the surplus water.I thought the government would have learned a lesson or two from the past when excess water was sent into the sea and also caused flooding.As far as I know the government has done nothing to tap this excess water.I think its high time for the government to build new dams and reservoirs.

  2. Parthasarathy (unregistered) on October 21st, 2007 @ 6:35 pm

    Water bodies are not maintained by the government. Even some of those built in the British times, are encroached upon by powerful lobbies. Some miscreants breach bunds, so that lesser water levels will give more place to encroach on. Besides, there are no dredging works carried out on existing water storage areas.

    All in all, the corrupt government has its eyes set on the water purifying plants for money. Remember that not long ago, inspite of drought conditions, the minister asked for water to be let off from Red Hills and then made money from the water lorries.

  3. Dilip Muraldiaran (unregistered) on October 22nd, 2007 @ 3:08 am

    thanks for the comment parthasarathy, this brings me to the topic, has anybody seen redhills reservoir. half the dudes urinate there after getting drunk on cheap arrack thats sold around the place and garbage is dumped there.

  4. Giridhar (unregistered) on October 22nd, 2007 @ 11:15 am

    very nice photo..

  5. Dilip Muraldiaran (unregistered) on October 23rd, 2007 @ 12:50 am

    David, i actually did not get to see the picture the first time read this. This is a fantastic exposure and well framed. Good work mate!

  6. Vikram (unregistered) on October 23rd, 2007 @ 3:37 pm

    Cool snap.. nice colors..

  7. Anand Swaroop (unregistered) on October 24th, 2007 @ 1:20 am

    Great snap! Thanks.

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