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DMK to protest government 'inaction' on water crisis

Wednesday - June 19, 2019 10:58 pm , Category : SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Chennai, June 19 (IANS) Tamil Nadu's opposition DMK on Wednesday said it will hold protests at district headquarters on Saturday against the AIADMK government's failure to take prompt action to meet the water shortage crisis.
In a statement issued here, the DMK said that to press the state government to take necessary action on a war footing to mitigate the people's suffering, the party will hold protest in all the district headquarters on June 22.
Chennai and several other places in Tamil Nadu are suffering from water shortage.
The Cholavaram (full capacity 1,081 mcft) and Redhills (3,300 mcft) reservoirs, which cater to Chennai's water needs, are dry while the storage at Poondi reservoir is 24 mcft as against the full capacity of 3,231 mcft, according to the Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (Chennai Metro).
The Chembarambakkam lake (full capacity 3,645 mcft) has a water level of a mere 1 mcft.
The ground water levels too have gone down owing to lack of rains.

--IANS vj/vd