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Political blame game erupts in Tamil Nadu as water crisis worsens

With borewells and wells going dry in parts of Tamil Nadu, the demand for water has gone up manifold

Chennai's key reservoirs - Cholavaram and Redhills - have hardly 1 per cent of  their capacity	Photo: PTI
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Chennai’s key reservoirs — Cholavaram and Redhills — have hardly 1 per cent of their capacity Photo: PTI

T E Narasimhan
Tamil Nadu reels from a water crisis, and political parties, instead of finding a solution to it, are blaming one another.

The DMK, the main opposition party in the state, and its allies are blaming the government, run by the AIADMK, for its “negligence” and “administrative failure”.

And the AIADMK and its allies, including the BJP, talk of “past mistakes” of DMK-led governments, such as not protecting reservoirs, lakes, ponds, and dams.

While the water shortage is across the state, Chennai, India’s sixth-largest city, is making headlines.

Though deficient rainfall is the ostensible reason for the crisis, some deeper factors are rampant real estate

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First Published: Jun 30 2019 | 9:49 PM IST

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