Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) chief MK Stalin and party workers have taken to the streets in Chennai against the government’s alleged inaction in tackling the water crisis that is rampant in the state as well as the city
Chennai: MK Stalin, chief of DMK led the protests in Chennai on Monday against the Tamil Nadu government over the issue of water crisis that the city is reeling under.
DMK workers staged protests by carrying empty plastic pots and raised slogans. Stalin questioned, “Pots are here but where is the water?” He further added, “The ruling government should solve the water crisis in the state. It has not done anything to resolve the issue."
Chennai Central MP Dhayanidhi Maran had said that the city is out of water and the present chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami only blamed the lack of rains behind the acute water shortage.
Meanwhile, DMK MP from Sriperumbudur, TR Baalu has issued a notice in the Lok Sabha today over the water crisis issue in the state.
However, on Friday, Palaniswami had announced that Chennai would receive 10 million litres a day (MLD) from Jolarpettai in Vellore district. This would be transported by train at the cost of Rs 65 crore, he had announced.
Following the announcement, senior officials of Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage Board (TWAD), Chennai Metro Water Sewerage Supply Board (CMWSSB) and Southern Railway surveyed water bodies in Jolarpettai on Saturday.
The excess water supplied to Vellore through the Mettur drinking water project would be diverted to Chennai. It is understood that a 50-wagon train would have to make four trips to transport 10 MLD of water.
Tamil Nadu has been reeling under acute water crisis for the past several months as Chennai's Porur Lake, one of the main sources of water, has reached its lowest level. Moreover, scorching heat and delayed monsoon have further worsened the situation
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Last Updated Jun 24, 2019, 1:56 PM IST