CM reviews water scarcity, asks officials to work on war footing to end crisis

Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Wednesday directed water management agencies to increase supply and augment the resources to meet the growing summer demand.

The chief minster took stock of the supply status at a high-level meeting attended by bureaucrats and ministers of various departments at the Secretariat.

The agencies will have to deploy more tankers and reach inaccessible areas. The Chief Minister asked the Ministers and officials to accord top priority to tackle the crisis faced by the masses. Dy CM, O Panneerselvam, besides Ministers, Chief Secretary Girija Vaidyanathan and senior officials participated in the meeting.

Groundwater in Chennai and its surrounding areas is replenished by five lakes – Puzhal, Sholavaram, Kaliveli, Pulicat and Maduranthakam, all located within a 60-km radius of the city. Officials at the Metro Water say efforts are on to tap water sources in adjoining Tiruvallur district, besides the Veeranam lake in Cuddalore.

Recently, Palaniswami said action had been taken to address water scarcity. Speaking to mediapersons at Madurai airport, he said the lack of monsoon rain has led to the present drought-like condition.

“Steps were taken to tackle this issue even before elections were announced and the officials have been briefed about the steps that have to be taken. Collectors have been instructed to ensure drinking water supply regularly wherever it is needed and it is being followed now,” he said.