Did You Know That India’s ‘Chennai’ (nee ‘Madras’) Is Running Out Of Water?
I read about this a couple of days ago and was disturbed. This could become real serious. Yes, they are trucking in water but there is only so much they can bring in.
Chennai, with 4 million people, is India’s 6th largest city. Of those 4 million, at least half are what would be considered poor. They will not have money to buy water. IF the authorities cannot supply them with free water they are in real trouble — true danger. And that is the worry.
Hopefully the monsoon which has been both late and not up to par in terms of rainfall will cooperate and turns things around.
They are also looking at desalination but that is not a short-term fix.
Last year, Cape Town, to my relief dodged the bullet.
I am hoping that Chennai does too. It is a city that I used to know and had friends living in. It is the nearest Indian city to Sri Lanka. I have flown there and also gone across by TRAIN — when we had a train service that crossed a now washed away causeway.
I just wanted to make sure that you knew about this.