Chennai's ongoing water crisis, Kerala offers 20 lakh litres of water

Tamil Nadu reels under water crisis IT firms and hotels in Chennai severely hit by shortage

Water scarcity is continuously rising in the state and government has not taken any strict action till now. "We have over 400 water tanks distributing water in the state", Tamil Nadu minister D Jayakumar had said.

Against its share of 12 thousand million cubic feet (tmc ft) of water from the Krishna, only 2 tmc ft had been supplied to Tamil Nadu by Andhra Pradesh, he said and added that owing to a shortage in Kandaleru, water could not be released from there.

Chennai, the sixth-largest city in India is running out of water for its almost 4.6 million residents as four of the city's reservoirs are almost dry due to a heat wave and drought.

"They said they have only 4 tmcft and water can not be released if the storage is not 8 tmcft", said Palaniswami, who sanctioned an additional Rs 200 crore for state-wide water supply schemes on Friday, in addition to the Rs 710 crore already allotted. The trains will carry water from Jolarpettai, 220 km away, every day at an expense of ₹65 crore, according to the government. "From there, it will be transported to Chennai", the CM said.

Meteorologists said monsoon rains usually cover two-thirds of the country by mid-June. The tankers also can't reach all neighborhoods, including most of the Chennai slums, where about 820,000 people live, according to CNN.

Tamil Nadu's main opposition party, the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), is staging protests across the state Saturday against the acute water crisis.

Most of those queuing are women, including housewife Nagammal Mani, who said looking for water was like "a full-time job".

The well water can be used for washing, but residents have to buy bottled drinking water, and not everyone can afford it.

Punitha, a mother of two, told NDTV that she waited for hours every two days to get water from a government tanker.

Most of Chennai's population today is dependent on water tankers and curtailed municipal supply for daily requirement of drinking water. "We collect water from the Valluvar square tank at 1am or 2am".

Chennai water crisis: What is the AIADMK govt doing? Lakes and surrounding bodies of water have also began to dry, causing a buildup of dead fish.

Water is scarce in most Indian cities at the best of times and residents don't expect their taps to run round the clock, so they store it.

Steps have been taken to ensure water supply to villages and other regions too and funds were also allocated well before the start of Lok Sabha elections to ensure proper water distribution.

"In such a crisis like situation only rains can help residents from this situation", a senior local government official said. On Thursday, there were reports of rain in the city.

The court's scathing critique has come a day after the state's Chief Minister called the reports of a water crisis an "illusion".

Pointing to the Supreme Court judgment on the Mullaiperiyar dam which had said that water could be stored to the full level of 152 ft after carrying out strengthening works, he alleged that Kerala, however, scuttled refurbishment works.

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