Tamil Nadu to form monitoring committee, to address water supply-related issues

The Tamil Nadu government has said that it will set up a monitoring committee, to tackle the acute water scarcity in the state

With acute water shortage prevailing in the state, the Tamil Nadu government will set up a monitoring committee to take up water supply-related issues, Municipal Administration and Rural Development minister, SP Velumani said, on June 17, 2019. He chaired a review meeting along with senior government officials, to study the steps needed to address the water crisis.

Talking to reporters later, Velumani said he had directed officials to form a monitoring committee, led by a senior officer, who will visit every street in each zone and ensure water supply. He said water supply had been stepped up from the earlier 450 MLD (million litres per day) to 525 MLD and it will be continued till the onset of monsoon. October-November is the monsoon season in Tamil Nadu.

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Velumani said the government was providing water supply and other related issues were being addressed ‘simultaneously’. He rejected reports that some IT companies were directing its employees to work from home due to the water shortage, saying it was a routine practice by companies to ask their employees to work from home. “If some IT companies are facing water supply issues from private water tankers, we are ready to solve them,” he said.


TN seeks Rs 5,000 crores from centre, to resolve acute water crisis in state

Tamil Nadu, which is facing an acute water shortage, has sought over Rs 5,000 crores from the centre, for various drinking water supply schemes in the state

June 12, 2019: The Tamil Nadu government, on June 11, 2019, requested the centre to sanction over Rs 5,000 crores, for various drinking water supply schemes in the state, including a desalination plant for Villupuram district. The plea comes in the backdrop of the state facing an acute water shortage, especially the capital city of Chennai, with water managers resorting to various measures like supply through tankers, to manage the situation.

SP Velumani, the minister for municipal administration, presented a memorandum to union minister for Jal Shakti, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, in New Delhi on June 11, 2019 and sought sanction for projects totalling Rs 5,398 crores. The proposed projects include a desalination plant and connected pipeline works with a capacity of 100 MLD to Villupuram and Tindivanam municipalities and Marakkanam and Vikkaravandi town panchayat, estimated at about Rs 2,000 crores, the memorandum said. The initiative will benefit about 16.78 lakh people, the memorandum released by the state government said.

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Other proposals submitted for central sanction, include those for combined water supply schemes and creation of rainwater harvesting structures, for improving the water resources, it said. Various other drought-mitigation works by rural local bodies, were also proposed. The state government pointed out that Tamil Nadu faced an ‘unprecedented’ drought in 2016, with the subsequent two years yielding only deficit rainfall. Due to no monsoon, the local bodies were facing challenges in supplying drinking water, following depletion of the water table and drying up of water sources in the respective areas, it said.

“In order to mitigate the situation, immediate drought relief work like sinking of new borewells, desilting of open wells, rejuvenation of water supply schemes and water supply through tanker lorries are being taken up by the state on a war footing, with the available resources. As an innovative measure, abandoned quarries have been utilised to draw and supply water to the public after scientifically testing and treating the water,” it added. Further, as part of its waste-management activities, Tamil Nadu proposed setting up of micro-composting centres during the year 2019-20 in peri-urban or bigger village panchayat and sought a sanction of Rs 300 crores for this.