With the monsoon rains failing in Kerala and recording a shortfall of 28 per cent so far, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan held an emergency meeting on Thursday to decide on the course of action needed to conserve water.
The Southwest Monsoon arrived over Kerala on May 30. But after initial promise of bountiful rains, there has been a shortfall of 28 per cent till August 7 of this month, which has led to panic.
In the meeting chaired by Vijayan, it was decided to form three task forces which have been entrusted to ensure that rain water is conserved by repairing the regulators across major rivers in the state.
Vijayan informed the media that another major task given to officials is to see that canals and ponds across the state are cleaned up so as to hold rain water.
Over the years, rainwater harvesting has been scientifically proved to increase the water table. Officials have been asked to ensure that rain water is not allowed to drain off into the sea.
"A review meeting has been called on August 21 and officials have been asked to come prepared with the route map for water conservation," said Vijayan, according to a statement issued by his office.
Among the worst-hit districts, is Idukki district with 36 per cent shortfall in rains, that has left the Idukki reservoir, the main stay of providing hydel power to the state, precariously placed.
In Wayand district too, the rains have failed. It has recorded 56 per cent less rains as compared to the previous years.
The meeting also decided to educate the people to conserve rain water and on the use of water in a strict manner.
"Things will be better off if the rains come down heavily during August and September. The prediction of the India Meteorological Department is that Kerala will receive good rains," added Vijayan.