Chennai private water tankers on indefinite strike, residents fear scarcity

Chennai private water tankers on indefinite strike, residents fear scarcity

Even as the city is struggling to meet its daily water needs, private water tanker operators began an indefinite strike in Chennai on Wednesday. The Tamil Nadu Private Tanker Lorry Association has reportedly called the strike due to the seizure of vehicles by the police after the tankers were found to be drawing groundwater without a license.

The association claimed that the Tamil Nadu government was yet to issue licenses to private operators for drawing and supplying groundwater across the city. The association urged the government to release the seized vehicles and promise private tanker operators that the police would refrain from seizing water tankers henceforth.

Several residential associations along OMR, which are collectively called the Federation of OMR Resident Associations (FOMRRA), had written to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami (EPS) on Tuesday ahead of the tanker strike.

The residents also urged EPS to direct the CMWSSB to supply water to the residents for as small a ratio as one 9000-litre tanker for 10 apartments until the water crisis subsided.  With the Regional Meteorological Department predicting rainfall in Chennai for two more days, the current situation is not as dire as it was in the summer, when the city-wide water crisis was at its peak.