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IT companies have plainly refused the employees to come to the office and directed them to work from any place of their convenience. The reason for the same is the continuing water crises in Chennai. The companies have said that as they don’t have water to sustain their operations and cannot manage their water requirements they have made this decision despite the meeting targets of the employees.

Talking about the water crisis problem in the city it has been 200 days since there hasn’t been sufficient rain and looking at the current water crisis it is estimated that the city would have to battle water shortage for another three months. Earlier, the incident of similar nature happened four years ago when companies asked the employees to work from home due to the ongoing strike by private tankers in the city.

The companies are also working on reducing the water consumption by resorting to various measures; for instance, they have asked the employees to bring the drinking water. Sewage treatment plants are also being efficiently utilized. The companies are even using the treated water for real-time use to reduce consumption of water.

Old Mahabalipuram Road (OMR) is home to about 1 million people and it requires about three crore litres of water a day in summers and most of this is sourced from outside. Of this, 60% is used by IT firms and other offices. Representatives of IT firms from OMR approached Metro water seeking support. Officials made promises but did not keep them.

Speaking about the water crisis situation an admin manager of an IT firm said around 30% of the property taxes go towards water and sewage but we see no results.

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Author- Neha Wadhwa

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