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Chennai water tanker strike ends, for now

Contract Metro Water tankers filling water at Aynavaram in Chennai on October 16, 2018.

Contract Metro Water tankers filling water at Aynavaram in Chennai on October 16, 2018.   | Photo Credit: K. Pichumani

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The city heaved a sigh of relief on Wednesday after private water tanker operators and suppliers of packaged drinking water called off their three-day strike.

The move, however, is an interim measure. N. Nijalingam, president, T.N. Private Tanker Operators Association, said, “The government has promised to look into our demands.”

The first round with officials ended on a tense note as the association’s demand to provide licence for groundwater drawal was not even discussed.

Earlier in the day, the Greater Tamil Nadu Packaged Drinking Water Manufacturers Association ended its strike.

“We want the government to allow the existing licensed packaged drinking water units to draw water irrespective of safe or critical blocks. Many of them are already following restrictions on groundwater drawal,” V. Murali, the founder of the association, said.

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