Mumbai: Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis wrote a letter to the India Meteorological Department (IMD) over the false prediction of monsoon and the rainfall, due to which the government also had to face losses and could not plan many things.
The CM sent the letter to Union Environment Minister Harshvardhan and expressed his displeasure over the monsoon predictions.
Fadnavis said in the letter that, last year, the prediction was of good rain, while this year, the IMD predicted that the rain will be normal. Both the predictions proved false, as last year, there wasn’t enough rainfall and this year it was more than average. Due to this, the government could not plan disaster management.
In Mumbai, there was heavy rain on August 29. Total rainfall was 300 mm and the city was submerged. The IMD announced that there will be heavy rain on the second day too, which was August 30. Accordingly, the government declared a holiday for offices and schools, but the city did not experience any rainfall. Such decisions may cause losses to the government. Due to the declared holiday, all official work of the government and other establishments was stopped.
The government and farmers plan their future action based on the monsoon prediction announced by the IMD. If the predictions prove false, then it is very difficult to plan future schemes and actions for the farmers and the government, the CM stated in the letter.
He expected that the IMD should predict the monsoon accurately so that there wouldn’t be any more losses.
In July 2017, Gangabhushan Thavre, a farmer from Majalgaon (Beed), filed a police complaint against IMD over the false prediction about the monsoon.
NCP Chief Sharad Pawar had also congratulated the IMD previously, as their prediction came true for the first time.
Meanwhile, IMD officials refused to comment on the CM’s letter.