BJP minister O. Rajagopal Said to Improve Drainage System

Published on: 14 Nov, 2013
Published under: Politics News Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram District News

14 November 2013

BJP leader and former minister of Kerala O. Rajagopal said that the drainage system should be improved in Trivandrum and the asked that flood water should be discharged in the sea in-order to prevent flooding of water in Thiruvananthapuram Railways Station.

Addressing a press conference here, the BJP leader said that the regulation of trains and difficulties caused to the public during the last two days, following heavy rains, was the result of ineptness and lack of farsightedness on the part of the State government. Though the Railway Divisional Manager had blamed the Thiruvananthapuram City Corporation, the Corporation had only limited role to play in the matter.

Mr. Rajagopal recalled that twelve years ago, when he was the Union Minister, he had convened a meeting of all concerned to discuss flooding of the station premises and experts had pointed out that direct discharge to sea was the only long-term solution.

However, the government did not carry out the proposal succumbing to vote bank politics. Instead, water from the Parvathi Puthenar was directed into Karamana River under pressure from some anti-social elements who would have been affected by clearing of the direct canals and opening of the estuarine sand bank formations at Edayar and Poonthura.

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