Water woes: Chennai goes thirsty; companies ask staff to work from home

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Chennai: Tamil Nadu and its capital Chennai is gripping with the severe water crisis and finding it difficult to meet the demand of its citizens. Following which various IT companies are looking for ways to cut down their usage of water.

According to the reports, companies in the IT-hub of Old Mahabalipuram Road (OMR) have started asking their employees to work from home.

Vinod AJ, general secretary, Forum for IT Employees was quoted as saying by a media report, “At least 20 per cent of the workers are asked to work from home in some of the small and medium companies. The problem for the employees is that there might be a shortage of water in their residence also and staying at home longer would mean more water consumption at home.”

According to the reports, few of the companies in the city have also stopped the recruitment process for the time being. Also, the real estate developers are facing the brunt of water scarcity and have stopped construction work in major parts of the city.

Tamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam said the vagaries of the monsoon, climatic change, unending inter State river water disputes and fast depleting ground water have all led to an unprecedented water crisis in Tamil Nadu.

The water scarcity will also affect the farmers in the state.

The Opposition DMK on Monday warned of jail bharo agitation if the ruling AIADMK failed to take steps to tackle the acute water scarcity faced in different parts of the State, especially in Chennai city.

DMK President M.K.Stalin accused the government of not taking any preventive steps to tackle the water crisis, despite the DMK cautioning the government of the impending crisis as the lakes have started drying up. Mr Stalin also said the government did not implement the four desalination water projects promised in Nemmeli, Porur Ramanathapuram and Tuticorin by the Chief Minister.

(With the agency inputs)

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