- Power cuts are often up to 10 hours a day
- Water comes once a day for a couple of hours. In some places once a week.
- Land registration charges now very steep
- Unemployment figures very high
- Small- and medium-scale industries facing closure because of power cuts
The Vaigai riverbed, like the parched mouth of Madurai, lies agape and naked in the hot sun. You can’t miss it when you enter the ancient temple town which is gearing up for a pitched political battle for the Lok Sabha. With temperatures scaling 40 degrees Celsius, the water crisis and long power cuts in the city should have been crucial factors this elections. The same have also squeezed the small and medium industries which are in huge crisis. But strangely these aren’t, say political analysts, because here in Madurai money is the major factor, and it’ll clinch the votes, this way or that.
Tamil Nadu’s ruling party, the AIADMK (All...