Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami said that rejecting the claims that Ministers were being provided with two tankers of water daily, they were getting water just like others and he used only two buckets of water daily. He expressed 'in my home, only I am there for the past two months. Am I using two lorries of water'?
He asked “how much water will I use? I will use only two buckets of water a day and drink about four liters of water am I gulping down water from two lorries?” Repeating his requests to the public, the CM said the people should use water judiciously, because of less water availability.
CM said that “There are a limited number of lorries available and political difficulties in distributing water among people. Apartments peoples were booking 10 tanker lorries at a time, he asked, How is it possible. To give? People are struggling for water. People should not be selfish. People who are booking online are rich. One way or the other, they can get water. Poor people must get water too. That is the priority, he added. Since the government had to secure the provision of water for four months, he said. “We have to supply water for four months with the water we have. If we have to give, we can even give 1,000 MLD. Then, what will you do for the eleventh and twelfth month? Till then, we should have smooth supply water.”
He was also said that private tankers demanding more money for water “ The government has fixed a charge for it. But if they are in dire need, they offer more money to get. What can we do? If they are rich, they pay up additionally and others are forced to pay more.”
He pointed out that there were limited numbers of water lorries. These lorry owners go anywhere they were paid more. “Or, they will stage a strike. What will you do? If they stage a protest for four days, there will be more scarcity. There are several practical difficulties” he said.