"Despite being the first state in the nation to bring about such a law, Tamil Nadu is facing an acute water crisis because of the callous attitude of the people". While thanking the Pinarayi Vijayan government for the gesture, Palaniswami Friday said that a one-time supply of water will not be enough. Reacting to the news, Minister Velumani said the government system was capable of supplying water to Chennai till November.
Chennai, India's fourth largest city, needs about 800 million litres of water daily, but the public water board has been able to supply 525 million litres.
The Madras High Court has asked Tamil Nadu government to submit a report on measures it has taken to ensure water availability in Chennai. The trains will carry water from Jolarpettai, 220 km away, every day at an expense of ₹65 crore, according to the government.
People have begun fighting over water, with minor clashes across Chennai. Each connection gets 120 liters per capita per day (lpcd) and during a drought, it is reduced to 70 lpcd, the report said. There were many visitors to the residences of Chief Minister and other Ministers, he said.
Queried about retaining the workers from outside Tamil Nadu, Thayumanavan, also a Managing Partner of Alfa Building Construction, said: "We have not sent them back till now".
"When we go to streets and restaurants, they don't have water, they have some contaminated water which will be given for handwash which is not really hygienic".
The well water can be used for washing, but residents have to buy bottled drinking water, and not everyone can afford it. Due to this, Chennai's large population is having to rely on governments tankers of water that are being distributed around the city.
Use of private tankers to provide water are mostly inaccessible to those living in the city's slums.
However, reports from Chennai said water shortage has severely hit not just the residents, but several industries too.
Authorities in Chennai have been criticised for failing to deal with a crippling water shortage that has brought the Indian city to crisis point, leaving taps dry in homes and forcing schools, offices and restaurants to close as temperatures soar.
A shepherd walks with his livestock at the dried out Puzhal reservoir on the outskirts of Chennai. People are having to wash utensils in the same dirty water, saving a few bottles of clean water to cook food. Around 820,000 people live in slums in the city and can not afford access to private tankers, the 2017 report said citing the 2011 census data.
Local media reports the reservoirs water levels are some of the lowest in 70 years. "The problem for the employees is that there might be shortage of water in their residence also and staying at home longer would mean more water consumption at home", said Vinod AJ, general secretary, Forum for IT Employees. "He should extend cooperation to us to receive water from the monsoon", he said and pointed out that the livelihood of people in five districts - Madurai, Theni, Dindigul, Ramanathapuram and Sivaganga - was dependent on water from Mullaperiyar. He appealed to Kerala to extend cooperation to store full water in the Mullaiperiyar dam.