Minister Sellur K Raju said the idea to cover the dam with thermocol came from a “source.”

NEW DELHI:  In an attempt to conserve water in Tamil Nadu’s Vaigai dam, officials of the Public Works Department came up a novel idea. It involved using thermocol sheets, worth Rs 10 lakhs, to cover a portion of the dam to curb water loss due to evaporation. Only, the execution of this experiment didn’t quite go as planned. Moments after Tamil Nadu Minister for Cooperatives Sellur K Raju set the experiment in motion on Friday by floating the thermocol in the water, strong winds swept the sheets away. Now Twitter cannot help but share their thoughts on this failed attempt.

According to reports, the wind wasn’t the only problem. Spreading the sheets at different water levels also created a hindrance.

Mr Raju later held discussions with PWD officials on ways to tackle issues related to the wind and water flow since Vaigai dam flows through six water starved districts of south Tamil Nadu including Madurai, Sivaganga, Ramanathpuram, Theni and Dindigul districts.

The minister said the idea to cover the dam with thermocol came from a “source.” And since the method is used abroad, they would also consult experts for such initiatives. He also said that the state government had allocated Rs 10 lakhs to try out different ideas to save water.

Even Madurai Collector K Veera Raghava Rao said they would adopt different methods to save water since 1.2 million cubic feet of water is lost due to evaporation. Mr Rao also said that they used thermocol as it is non-polluting. However, Rathnam, a scientist, says thermocol is non-biodegradable and can harm fish when it breaks into smaller pieces.

Here’s how Twitter reacted to the experiment:

(With PTI Inputs)

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