As the state of Tamil Nadu is facing an acute water crisis, chief minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami chairs an emergency meeting to gear up to tackle the situation. At a time when almost all parts of Tamil Nadu including Chennai city is facing water problem, the CM's meeting with other leaders is underway.
The state of Tamil Nadu, especially cities like Chennai are facing acute water scarcity for almost two months now. However, while addressing the media at Chennai, the chief minister indicated that the water crisis was being exaggerated, he said:
"In case of a water issue somewhere, it should not be blown up to give a false impression that the entire State is reeling from water scarcity, nature has failed."
Water tokens have been issued to the residents in Tamil Nadu to avail of water. MK Stalin led DMK workers also protested against the water crisis in the state.
The Chennai city requires around 850 Million litres of water per day out of which only 525 MLD of water is only been supplied every day to the city through the metro tanker lorries which was agreed by the municipal corporation minister SP Velumani himself during a press conference.
The streets of Chennai has seen people standing with plastic pots everywhere for several hours a day from, people who have booked a tanker lorry and waiting for several days to get it delivered to their doorsteps because of the high demand.
Meanwhile, Kerala offered to share water with the state which Kerala CM Pinrayi Vijayan said that it has rejected. He claimed that Tamil Nadu has rejected an offer of 20 lakh litres of drinking water despite an acute shortage in the state.
"Tamil Nadu is facing a severe water crisis and state Govt had agreed to provide drinking water to [via] the railways. Our office contacted Tamil Nadu Chief Minister's Office and received a reply that it wasn't necessary," Kerala CM said on Thursday.