New Delhi: People across India, be it farmers, stock brokers, cab drivers who were hoping they would earn some extra bucks from hapless commuters during rainy season are a worried lot. The reason is India Meteorological Department (IMD) predicting this year will be a ‘normal’ monsoon year.
Last few years whatever IMD has predicted, exactly opposite happened on ground, so people are nervous this year will be another rain deficit year.
“I was just hoping IMD will say this will be a rain deficit year, then in all likelihood we would have got good rains in this monsoon season. Now I am very much worried”, said Ratheesh Shah, a fund manager, whose fund house has lowered the yearend BSE Sensex target immediately after the IMD prediction was announced.
Jose Cyriac, a cab driver in Bengaluru said, “Last couple of years on account of good monsoon prediction, was expecting I will be able to ‘extract’ some extra money from the commuters. Nothing as such happened. Looks like this year will be another washout year for me like last two years”.
Municipal corporations like BMC in Mumbai or BBMP in Bengaluru who are always cash starved for public infrastructure spending are not bothered at all about IMD predictions.
“The drains we have started repairing from last year is still not ready. Even if little bit of rain happens there would be heavy flooding, with that the heaps of debris kept outside the drains will go inside the drain to choke them again. Roads will be again filled with pot holes”, said one BMC official who wanted to remain anonymous.
BMC official added, “Year by year rainfall is decreasing, in this environment we have to maintain our infrastructure in such a recycle mode, so that our contractors get adequate work every year. If their income is stressed, so will be ours”.
However, IMD officials are sticking to their predictions. “The problem is with the people, they do not read our fine print. We have always said our predictions has an accuracy of plus or minus 30 percent”, said a IMD official who asked us to prove a single year where their prediction has gone wrong.