DMK Stages Protest Over Water Crisis in TN

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The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) staged a state-wide protest on Saturday accusing the Tamil Nadu government for its negligence and administrative failure in tackling the acute shortage of water in the state.

The DMK lawmaker Dayanidhi Maran and other senior leaders were seen holding empty pots in Chennai as they held protests and raised slogans against the Chief Minister K Palaniswami and the state government.

In many parts of Tamil Nadu, borewells and wells have gone dry forcing the people to depend on private water tanker operators for their needs. The residents of Chennai are also facing a tough time as the city witnessed a 40 percent cut in piped water supply.

DMK MP TKS Elangovan said that it is a total failure of the Tamil Nadu government. The government should have assessed the need and availability of water in the state. He said that there is low rainfall since last year in the state and therefore the government should have made alternate arrangements.

The Madras High Court had recently slammed the state government for not taking enough measures to contain the crisis. The state government, however, said that it was largely dependent on ground water to meet the requirements till the onset of north east monsoon in October.

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