With Water Crisis In Chennai Worsening, Rajinikanth Calls For Adopting Rain Water Harvesting On A War Footing

Tamil movie star Rajinikanth. (Yogen Shah/India Today Group/Getty Images)

Superstar actor and newbie politician Rajinikanth on Saturday (29 June) called for taking up rain water harvesting (RWH) on a war footing to address the acute water shortage in the state of Tamil Nadu, reports Hindu Businessline.

The comments from Rajinikanth come at the backdrop of a massive on-going crisis in Chennai, in which the city has almost run out of water with all four major reservoirs supplying water to the city having gone dry.

Rajinikanth stressed, “As of now, immediate measures that need to be taken is saving rainwater. It should be on a war-footing mode. Then all water bodies, including lakes and ponds need to be desilted ahead of the monsoon season.”

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The concerns over the situation in Chennai relating to acute water shortage had also been raised by Hollywood superstar Leonardo DiCaprio who had shared a post on Instagram with the title, “Only rain can save Chennai from this situation“.

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#Regram #RG @bbcnews: "Only rain can save Chennai from this situation." A well completely empty, and a city without water. The southern Indian city of Chennai is in crisis, after the four main water reservoirs ran completely dry. The acute water shortage has forced the city to scramble for urgent solutions and residents have to stand in line for hours to get water from government tanks. As the water levels depleted, hotels and restaurants started to shut down temporarily, and the air con was turned off in the city's metro. Officials in the city continue to try and find alternative sources of water - but the community continue to pray for rain. Tap the link in our bio to read more about Chennai's water crisis. (📸 Getty Images) #chennai #watercrisis #india #bbcnews

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