Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Thursday questioned the authenticity of the amicus curiae report on Kerala floods 2018 submitted to Kerala High Court saying that the conclusions were already found wrong by several agencies.
“Normally, such reports are not newsworthy. This is not an observation from the court. However, since media is making a big fuss ahead of Lok Sabha elections, we are bound to give an explanation,” he said.
Chief minister said the report lacks an expert opinion.
KSEB officials had yesterday itself clarified that the amicus curiae has not reached out to the department for the details of dam operations.
The government was active since May 16, 2018, to tackle the rain and floods and the preparations and awareness campaigns had begun then itself, Pinarayi said. The dams were ready to tackle the monsoon rains but the unpredicted excessive rains caused the floods and dams in Kerala were not sufficient to store all the water, he said.
CM also noted that only a reduced rate of water that arrived the dams during heavy rains were let out. “If the rate of inflow and outflow were same, the result would have been more critical,” he added.
He also denied the allegation that dams were opened without the proper alert. “Even media appreciated the effort of government during opening the dam gates,” he noted.
KSEB had released a detailed working report on dams to deal with a flood situation. With this, it is clear that the department had a good sense of tacking adverse situation, CM clarified.