Chennai MSMEs flooded with Water Crisis

While the Tamil Nadu government said it took steps to handle the crisis (like allotting Rs 212 crore for digging deep borewells), the court directed the Public Works Department (PWD) secretary in the case to submit a state-wide comprehensive report on the number of reservoirs in the state, steps taken for desilting, amount sanctioned, and status of those works.

Addressing journalists here, Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami said: "I thank the Kerala government for the offer". Chennai has been reeling under a severe shortage of water, as the main reservoirs that supply to the city have all but gone dry.

Chennai: Taking a stand on the ongoing water crisis in Chennai, Tamil Nadu Fisheries Minister D Jayakumar on Wednesday said that playing politics at this time is wrong.

Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board has been allocated Rs 158.42 crore for water distribution here, he said.

She said she got just seven pots of water on alternate days for her four-member family. The tankers also can't reach all neighborhoods, including most of the Chennai slums, where about 820,000 people live, according to CNN.

Chennai | Water starved Chennai is all set to get some relief as Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami Friday said 10 million litres would be transported from Jolarpet in Vellore district by train to augment supply.

The operation theater of the Government Kasturba Gandhi Hospital for Women and Children has barely any water to clean the medical equipment, said Prema S., a 30-year old nurse in the maternity ward.

M. Senthilsaravanan, another hotel owner and resident, said: "In (the) Chennai area, hotels and restaurants have shut down because we are not getting sufficient water and there is high demand". The largest source of drinking water of Chennai, Chembarambakkam lake has been dried. "I'm only using a maximum of 2 buckets and drink 4 litre of water per day". Due to this, Chennai's large population is having to rely on governments tankers of water that are being distributed around the city. "We are already supplying 525 MLD a day in Chennai in this crisis scenario". Why should we be denied water? Some software companies have sent employees home because of the water shortage but, as one employee said, being at home is no solution as the taps there are also dry. The entire major reservoirs in the metropolis are dry.

Residents from prime localities like Triplicane, Alwarpet and Mylapore have started shifting homes in search of water.

Aksshay, a food blogger in Chennai, told the BBC: "Living without water is hard".

While the city has finally received showers, weeks of no rain have left residents helpless. "We are also talking to manufacturers for designing a technology which can produce water from humidity", he said.

Meanwhile, the status report has exposed lack of preparedness on the state government's part to handle the water crisis. Tamil Nadu is facing acute water shortage this summer. He appealed to Kerala to extend cooperation to store full water in the Mullaiperiyar dam.

  • Jon Douglas