A severe water crisis has jolted India’s southern state of Tamil Nadu. People all over the state and especially in the capital city, Chennai are facing severe water shortage. According to a news agency, “Locals have installed hand-pumps near Marina Beach to extract groundwater.”
Earlier this week, the Tamil Nadu government requested the Centre for sanctioning nearly Rs 5,000 crore for drinking water supply schemes in the state. Tamil Nadu also proposed setting up micro composting centres during the year 2019-20 in peri-urban or bigger village panchayat and sought a sanction of Rs 300 crore for this.
The water crisis is so acute that even some hotels in Chennai have decided not to serve meals for lunch to cut water usage.
The hotels have placed boards asking for customers’ cooperation for water conservation.
M. Ravi, president, Chennai Hotels Association, told Hindu, “We are also planning to offer finger bowls to wash hands instead of buckets to save as much water. Hotels with up to 100 seats capacity need a 12-kl tanker load of water daily. There is much delay in getting water supply,” he said.
A deficit rainfall during the 2017 northeast monsoon and failed monsoon in 2018 has resulted in depletion of groundwater, the concerns according to a PTI report has pushed residents at the mercy of water-tanker operators.
Yesterday, June 15, the severe situation prompted DMK chief M K Stalin to demand the resignation of Municipal Administration Minister S P Velumani. He further urged Chief Minister K Palaniswami to dismiss him from the cabinet in case he does not quit.