SP Velumani, Local Administration Minister, informed in a media briefing, on June 17, that the Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board has been directed to install more plastic water tanks in containment zones, especially where there is a lack of piped water supply to individual homes.
The minister was responding to a question about frequent complaints from patients on the shortage of drinking water in the government hospitals during the summers. Velumani told about the decision of installing more plastic water tanks, however, he denied that there was any water shortage throughout the city. Velumani told that a few days ago, during an all-department meeting, it was decided to install more plastic water tanks in the containment zones.
As per the directions of the minister, the plastic water tanks will be installed in narrow streets and slum tenements which were designated as containment zones. This will help residents to have easy access to drinking water and help them to avoid coming out of the containment zones. Over 300 tanks have been proposed to be installed by the Chennai water board in coordination with Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC). However, the tanks would be installed on a temporary basis. Moreover, the GCC had constituted a separate team to monitor the shortage of drinking water in the 95 containment zones.