Anakaputhur, a suburb right outside Chennai with a population of 52,000 people, is struggling for water just like the parched Tamil Nadu capital. The suburb, right now, is largely dependent on just four taps for water. Two of these taps are at the municipal office and two others outside a temple - residents line up their pots here as early as 5 am every day.
The rush for water in this poorest suburb of drought-hit Chennai is unbelievable. Till a few months ago, these taps supplied water round the clock. With water scarcity at its peak, officials are now supplying water for only six hours a day - three in the morning and three in the evening.