Stalin says Chennai, TN facing water crisis; asks govt to act

Stalin says Chennai, TN facing water crisis; asks govt to act

DMK treasurer M K Stalin has urged the Centre to declare Tamil Nadu drought-hit in view of various factors, including sharp decline in rainfall, and demanded that the state government convene a special assembly session to discuss the matter.

In view of the water scarcity, reported suicide of farmers and the failure of the northeast monsoon, Stalin on Monday urged the Centre to send a central team to visit the State and declare Tamil Nadu a drought-hit State.

In a statement, Stalin said people in all districts are suffering due to water scarcity. “In many areas, people are not able to get drinking water. In some areas, farmers are not able to cultivate crops. The northeast monsoon failed this year,” said Stalin.

“I urge the Central government to send a team to Tamil Nadu for inspection and declare it a drought-hit state. The team should be sent, considering farmers’ welfare, drinking water scarcity, farmers’ deaths and a failed monsoon,” he said.

Following meagre rainfall, drought has hit several parts of the State, he claimed, adding that people are struggling to find water for drinking and irrigation purposes.

“In the delta region, both kuruvai and samba cultivation has been affected as Karnataka refused to release the Cauvery water. More than 11 farmers in delta and Erode districts have committed suicide, and the state government has not released Rs 1 lakh under the agriculture insurance scheme,” said Stalin.