Updated: April 22, 2017 10:44:51 pm
Water conservation is essential and everyone must play their role to save water. And in a crisis like the drought, saving water is the need of the hour to curtail wastage. But in a bizarre move, Tamil Nadu Co-operatives Minister Sellur K Raju went few notches ahead to save water when he tried his best to stop evaporation. Yes, the minister in his sincere effort used thermocols to cover an entire dam surface to stop the natural process!
According to Raju, the ‘innovative’ method is effective and it curtails evaporation. He also added that the method has been tried in foreign countries and private water bodies. So, the Tamil Nadu PWD floated Rs 10 lakh worth thermocol sheets in Vaigai reservoir to prevent loss of water due to evaporation on Friday. But, ta-da, the plan drifted away! Due to the heavy gust of wind, all the afloat sheets stuck with tapes and sticks were swept away.
Watch the entire episode here
Rs 10 lakh was spent on buying thermocol sheets to prevent water evaporation !! See the footage, how they flew away. Full comedy. pic.twitter.com/Llofvl3yRu
— T S Sudhir (@Iamtssudhir) April 22, 2017
Not only that, Raju even invited journalists across the state to publicise his new ‘technology’ and conversation act. When reporters asked him about the idea he merely said the “thermocol covering technology” was received from a “source”, PTI reported.
Pictures of him in action trying to stop evaporation was shared on the Internet widely and Netizens completely lost it. While a few slammed him for his ‘stupidity’, there were many who lauded him for his ‘efforts’ and also a few who said he deserved a “Nobel Prize” for innovation! And for meme-makers, he became fodder!
When common sense evaporated !!!
Tamil Nadu state minister floats thermocol worth 10 lakh rupees to stop evaporation LOL😂😊 pic.twitter.com/AExYegLfUQ
— smit shah (@smitshah173) April 22, 2017
Instead of using thermocol sheets to cover the entire dam, how about using a huge tarpaulin sheet to cover the sun. Problem solved#Tamilnadu
— Sujith Kumar (@sujithkumar13) April 22, 2017
— Gini Khan (@giniromet) April 22, 2017
— Baskar Mookkan (@bhaskar_mookkan) April 22, 2017
Flash:TN Minister’s idea of placing thermocol to check water loss, to be inscribed on Tanjore Temple’s wall for the gen-next to learn.
— Siddharth Rao (@Kappal_vyabari) April 22, 2017
channels should thank Minister for free entertainment clips during week end. No wonder the politicians complain media trial
— Harassed CItizen (@CitizenHarassed) April 22, 2017
On Earth Day, meet the loony eco-warriors.
And tell them that Thermocol is not biodegradable!! https://t.co/LS2Vgd9IGT
— Pankaj Pachauri (@PankajPachauri) April 22, 2017
— Chennai Memes (@MemesChennai) April 22, 2017
— ᾋƈђἷłłἔṩ/அக்கில்லீஸ் (@iMSivam) April 22, 2017
— Dreamer (@Eccedentesiasd) April 22, 2017
Hope they dont wear cooling glass to SUN.Thermocol covering lake to prevent evaporation
— Rajesh Varma (@Rajeshmindstar) April 22, 2017
Use of thermocol:-
Kids: use in school projects.
Adults: throw it in garbage
Legends: overpower sun ☀ to prevent evaporation. pic.twitter.com/p3NdgOba5s
— sathish (@SatzTwits) April 22, 2017
— KVVR™ (@Vijuvenkatram) April 22, 2017
— kumaravadivel (@kumarvadivel) April 21, 2017
#Thermocol + Brown cello tape = Evaporated common sense😂
— Rajashree Rajaram (@RajashreeRRamya) April 22, 2017
— ரங்கராஜன்🌍 (@DigitalSaravan) April 22, 2017
-Upcoming young Scientist. pic.twitter.com/hvlcwf2fre
— Ar.Arjun (@arjun1904) April 22, 2017
Brilliant idea by the TN minister to stop water evaporation in a vast area. Used just few thermocol & cellotapes. 🤦🏻♂️ https://t.co/UzD1EBbJdd
— Shiva (@shankishiva) April 22, 2017
— Rick Sanchez (@cadeepak7) April 22, 2017
— Amit Sharma (@amitca) April 22, 2017
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