Chennai is beginning to witness water shortage as summer approaches the city. Various areas in the city have received very little water in the last 20 days.
The Times of India reported that areas like Besant Nagar, Thiruvanmiyur and Adyar have received less water. Meanwhile, other areas like Triplicane, Royapettah, Kotturpuram and parts of Anna Nagar have not faced any water issues.
C Ramakrishnan, secretary of Federation of Adyar Residents Associations told ToI that residents in Adyar have been ordering about 9,000 litres of water from private tankers.
Other areas like Velachery, Guindy and Taramani are also facing similar problems. A resident from Guindy told TOI that they get metrowater once in a week, earlier they used to receive it once in two to four days. Even parts of Thiruvottiyur have water shortage. A resident said that for the past one week, water is being supplied only for an hour in the space of two to three days.
However, areas like Alandur, Nanganallur, Adambakkam and Pazhavanthangal receive 500 to 1000 litres of water every other day, reported ToI.
Meanwhile, the Tamil Nadu weatherman has predicted rainfall in Chennai in March. ‚ÄúThe rains will mostly start from March 3 and the areas of rainfall depend on the movement of the upcoming system (mostly a Low Pressure Area max). There is a consensus that upcoming low will move through Gulf of Mannar or Comorin (Kanyakumari) Sea,‚ÄĚ he posted on Facebook.
In 2016, Tamil Nadu had received the lowest ever rainfall since 1876. According to data from the Indian Meteorological Department, rainfall in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry in 2016 was just a little over 9mm higher than the record low of 1876. IMD statistics showed that Tamil Nadu and Puducherry suffered large deficits of 62% and 79% respectively.