Tamil Nadu Water Crisis: Parched land and thirsty souls

Clay Curtis
June 20, 2019

The Met office also said that till Monday, light to moderate rainfall was likely to occur at isolated places over Erode, Coimbatore, Nilgiris, Salem, Theni, Dindigul, Kanyakumari, Shivaganga and Pudukottai districts, all in western and central Tamil Nadu which benefit from southwest monsoon. He did not elaborate whether they had already talked to railways to implement this.

All four reservoirs that supply Chennai, known as the Detroit of south Asia for its flourishing automobile industry, have run dry this summer, largely because of poor monsoon rains past year. Residents are waiting in queues to tap water from private water tankers. "Now we are supplying 525 million litres per day", S. P. Velumani, the minister for municipal administration, said.

When queried about alleged lack of private water tanker supply to IT companies, Velumani said the government is ready to help them out by arranging private water tanker supply if they require.

Monsoons reach different parts of India at different times.

"We are coming out by 4 am in the morning with pots and returning by 3 pm". But the monsoon's progress is expected to pick up in the next 10 days.

People are lining up for water cans in the state capital, Chennai. Life has not been easy for the residents of Chennai as the water crisis has gripped each and every street and house.

The severe water scarcity has hit several hostels, IT firms, paying guest facilities and mansions. Three private schools in Kanchipuram and Chennai's Purasaiwalkam have announced holidays. "Luckily we have our own borewell for our water supply but even that seems to be drying up", said Naseem Sheikh, the manager of the Marina chain of restaurants in Chennai.

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"Usually, the water tanker lorries collect Rs.3,000 for 12,000 litres". Getting water from private operators has also become hard. "For drinking and cooking, we have to buy water from the shops". "However, the tanker has yet arrived", V Srinivasan, a resident of Nungambakkam. The Chennai metro has turned off air conditioning in the stations, while offices have asked staff to work from home in a bid to conserve water.

"If there are two restrooms, the companies have closed one. We released them later", police said.

The judge's comments have come a day after the state's Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami called reports of a water crisis an "illusion".

Real estate developers have stopped construction work in major parts of the city due to water crisis.

Chennai Metro Water Supply and Sewerage Board's Managing Director TN Hariharan claimed the situation is not as alarming as being projected, reported The Indian Express.

"Usual water sources such as Red Hills, Sholavaram and Chemabarambakkam lakes have fully dried up", he said.

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