However, the drinking water situation not satisfactory

Having been subjected to considerable hardship on account of the South West monsoon playing truant during the last two years, the residents of this hill station are elated over the current South West monsoon being more or less active since it set in early in June.

However, for those in charge of the civic administration, the picture on the drinking water front is not all that rosy.

The reason being that the rainfall received so far has not been widespread.

Speaking to The Hindu here on Wednesday, Municipal Engineer B. Ramoorthy said that the precipitation has to a great extent benefited the Parsons Valley Hydel Reservoir, the main source located about 16 km. away but not the local sources situated around the town.

Hence, distribution difficulties which were confronted during the summer continue to plague the municipality.

Pointing out that the level in the Parsons Valley Hydel Reservoir which was 39 feet a few weeks ago has risen to about 47 feet, he said that it is expected to brim shortly. It was good news for the areas served by the reservoir.

However, since the local sources like Doddabetta Upper, Doddabetta Lower and Tiger Hill have not received adequate rainfall, those depending on them are in a fix.

The areas affected include HMT, Rose Garden, Grant Duff Road, South Wick and Etienne’s Road.

The municipality has put in place a plan of action to meet the requirements of the people residing in those areas.

It includes supply through tankers.

Since even the Marliamund reservoir located in another part of the town has not received enough rain a submersible motor is being used to pump water.

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