Amidst the ongoing severe water crisis in the state, Tamil Nadu Minister SP Velumani offered prayers for rains at a Dargah and a Church in Coimbatore on Sunday.

The water crisis has also hit the functioning of several industries, especially in Chennai. The shortage of water has hit IT companies, five-star hotels and high-rise residential buildings.

While people queuing up with plastic pots in the city have become a common sight, IT companies are going in for various measures, including work from home to stave off the problem. Restaurants are reportedly cutting down on their operational hours and are serving food in disposable plates to save water.

According to a report in Outlook, hospitals are advising patients to postpone their surgeries if they are the “non-emergency kind”.

Chief Minister E Palaniswami has said that his government is taking necessary steps to supply drinking water.

“Water is being supplied through tankers and desalinated water is also being distributed,” said Palaniswami. He further said water from the Mettur Dam was being released to replenish Veeranam Lake in Cuddalore district and supply drinking water to Chennai.

Palaniswami said drought and deficient monsoon had resulted in depletion of groundwater levels.

The northeast monsoon brings the bulk of rainfall for Tamil Nadu, especially Chennai, which is facing a very severe water shortage.

Meanwhile, the Chennai Water Supply and Sewage Board (CWSSB) stated that the crisis is not as alarming as it is being projected.

Concerned about the alarming water crisis in the rural areas, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had, a few days ago, written a personal letter to the Gram Pradhans (village chiefs) requesting them to conserve rainwater during the forthcoming monsoon.