CM chairs Cabinet meet, Stalin holds protest for water

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami chaired a meeting of the state cabinet today, at the Secretariat in Chennai.

According to sources, various issues including the upcoming session of the Tamil Nadu Assembly, which is slated to commence from Friday (June 28), were discussed in the meeting.

Meanwhile, DMK president and Leader of Opposition M K Stalin today staged an agitation at Chepauk in Chennai, demanding the AIADMK government to solve water crisis in the state.

Speaking on the occasion, he said the AIADMK office-bearers conducted yaagams recently not for rains, but only to safeguard their positions.

In a bid to address Chennai’s acute water shortage, the State government plans to bring 10 million litres of water from Jolarpettai in Vellore district by rail wagons every day, Palaniswami said recently.

The State government will spend around Rs 65 crore to bring water from Jolarpettai — about 220 km west of the city — to Villivakkam railway station from where water will be distributed across the city, he told newspersons at the Secretariat.

Palaniswami had indicated that the news about water scarcity in the state is being exaggerated by the media.

The CM said “If there is water shortage in one place, the media friends blow it up as a big thing. I request you all to not blow it up and show as if the entire Tamil Nadu is reeling under water crisis.”