Have to make do with available water till monsoon, says CM
Seeking the cooperation of the public to tide over the severe water scarcity in the State, Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami on Tuesday said water was being supplied to people such that they will be able to manage with available water resources till the onset of the monsoon, expected by October or November.
Indicating 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.”
Speaking to reporters near the mausoleum being constructed for late Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, Mr. Palaniswami said: “Since the monsoon would set only by October or November, there is a need to manage with available water. Accordingly, we are supplying ground water to the people.”
He also appealed to the public to cooperate with the government, saying, “We are in a situation of taking ground water and supplying it to the people as drinking water for three to four months. So, people should understand the situation.”
While steps were being taken to address the drinking water scarcity, Mr. Palaniswami underlined that the groundwater level had gone down following drought and deficit rainfall. “Lorries are being sent continuously to areas to supply water through TWAD, Corporations, Municipalities and village panchayats, wherever there is drinking water scarcity,” he said.