Water scarcity: TN seeks Rs 1,000 cr from Centre

Chennai: The Tamilnadu government on Friday sought a special package of Rs 1,000 crore from the Centre to tackle the acute water crisis in the State on the lines of allocation made to Maharashtra.

Speaking at the pre-budget meeting chaired by Union Finance Minister Nirmala Seetharaman in New Delhi, Tamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister
O Panneerslvam said the country was facing severe drought and its impact was significantly more severe in Tamilnadu.

He 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 Tamilnadu.

NT Bureau