Rajya Sabha member says gold is cheaper than water in Chennai
While Tamil Nadu wavers from the critical water crisis, a Rajya Sabha member pointed out that ‘gold is cheaper than water’ in the state capital Chennai. During a while discuss in the Upper House on the water issue in the country, CPM leader T K Rangarajan said Chennai is the first Indian city “to have gone dry” with the Central Water Commission informed 45% rainfall deficit in Tamil Nadu till June 13.
Rangarajan said that “Most of the Chennai population today depends on water tankers, municipal supply, and private supply for drinking water. A tank of private water costs more than one-gram gold. Now gold is cheaper in Chennai than water. This is the truth.”
He alleged that IT sector employees were asked to work from home and various restaurants have closed in the state. Rangarajan told that neighboring states also have a responsibility to help Chennai.
D Raja from CPI said Tamil Nadu is facing unprecedented water problems, with the people agitating and restless making in the state. He added Chennai is suffering heavy water problem and Centre should protect the water-related disputes are resolved.
Raja told that the government to try and develop a national consensus on the interlinking of rivers. Shiv Sena’s Anil Desai expressed water issue has considered gigantic proportions to the extent that it is accepted the next war will be fought over water.
Manoj Kumar Jha from Rashtriya Janata Dal said there is no require for penal provisions to arrest the misuse of water. Ravi Prakash Verma of Samajwadi Party advised carving a national district-specific blueprint for water conservation. He said the government must protect the zero effluent discharge policy is strictly executed by companies.