However, in the wake of the water crisis, reports suggested that the IT companies were taking steps like asking their employees to work from home and reducing the number of operational washrooms in the premises. Restaurants and shopping malls have cut down on their working hours.
The realty players said they were adopting a wait and watch policy to decide whether to send back the construction workers to their native states like Bihar and West Bengal. Last week, police arrested a man for stabbing his neighbour during a fight over water-sharing in the neighbourhood.
"The only way to make this better is to improve the groundwater level", Nakkeeran, a social activist, said.
Ananda, a small hotel in southern Chennai, had a notice at its entrance warning of a water shortage.
Chennai Metro Water supplies only 525 million litres per day, way less than the 800 million litres required. At present, it has just one million cubic feet of water left.
Mr Palaniswami also said that water from the Mettur Dam is being released to fill up the Veeranam lake to supply drinking water to Chennai. A Down to Earth report from as early as 2015 notes suburban residents of Sivaji Nagar, Tiruvengadam Nagar, Santhosh Nagar and Himachal Nagar complaining that the groundwater in the region is no longer fit for use as it was being contaminated by a factory nearby.
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In its forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday (18-19 June), the India Meterological Department said heat wave condition is likely to prevail at isolated pockets over Tamil Nadu - including Chennai, Tiruvallur, Vellore, Madurai, Tiruvannamalai, Kanchipuram, Cuddalore, Villupuram, Nagapattinam, Ariyalur, Perambalur, Karu and Tiruchirapalli districts - and Puducherry. Now, the residents are completely dependant on the metro water that is being provided by the government and also by the private tanker lorries.
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 Monday.
The Madras High Court criticized the Tamil Nadu state government led by AIADMK for serious mismanagement of water resources in Tamil Nadu.
Velumani also advised people to dig borewells where water supply is optimum and also spoke of an understanding with the Andhra Pradesh government over water sharing.
Like much else, a political blame game has begun over the crisis too. If he fails to resign, I urge the chief minister to dismiss him from his post.
Many parts of Tamil Nadu are dealing with severe water scarcity with its level in reservoirs across the state declining rapidly.
Meanwhile, the Bharatiya Janata Party in the state has blamed Stalin for his alleged absence during this crisis.