Kochi, Oct 23 : The Kerala High Court has severely criticised the Kochi Corporation, in the backdrop of waterlogging in the city following heavy rain.
The Court asked what action the Corporation took to clear the waterlogging and also appreciated the Chief Minister for his timely intervention. Justice Devan Ramachandran stated that the Collector intervened to remove the waterlogging after the Chief Minister directed him and pointed out that the condition could have been worsened if they did not intervene.
The Court also rejected the claims of Kochi Mayor Soumini Jain that waterlogging was due to tidal waves. It asked whether the Corporation could see the water receding after drainages were cleaned. The Court also inquired about the possibilities of forming a task force with Collector as its head for coordinating the waterlogging works.
The HC had earlier directed the Advocate General to submit a detailed report on what remedial measures could be taken to avoid waterlogging in Kochi. It came down heavily on the corporation on the basis of the report submitted by the AG.
The Advocate General assured the Court on behalf of the government that the issue of waterlogging will be immediately resolved. (UNI)