5,000 IT employees in Chennai are working from home because offices have run out of water

  • IT companies in Chennai have asked their employees to work from home for the next 100 days.
  • The move will address the existing water scarcity in the city.
  • 12 companies have asked 5,000 employees to work according to their convenience, from anywhere.
Owing to water shortage, IT companies in India are asking their employees to ‘work from home’ for the next 100 days, according to TOI.

Nearly 12 IT companies in Chennai have asked over 5,000 of its employees to work according to their convenience, as long as they meet their targets. This is due to lack of rainfall in the city for over 200 days now. The situation is expected to remain the same for the next three months.

“The last time IT companies asked employees to work from home was during a strike called by private tankers, four years back,” TOI reported citing sources.

Over half (55%) of the large IT companies in the metro already depend on recycled water sources. However, offices also consume high amount of water for air conditioning.

IT firms have been taking various steps to address the water problem. While a few organisations have asked employees to bring their own drinking water, others have put up posters on conservation.

The 600 IT and ITeS firms on OMR (Old Mahabalipuram Road) employ nearly 320,000 professionals. The OMR area consumes 30 million litres of water daily — with 20 million litres going straight to the IT park and other companies.

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