Residents of Ward 7 of the Coimbatore Corporation staged a protest on Monday at the Edayarpalayam Junction demanding regular supply of water.
Residents of Annapoorna Layout, Kannadasan Street, Bharathi Street, Bhavani Street, New Weavers Street, Godavari Street, Church Road, Lakshmi Nagar and other localities of Gandhi Nagar, off Thadagam Road, blocked the road for about half-an-hour.
They also petitioned Member of Legislative Assembly V.C. Arukutty.
Jagatha Boopalan, a resident, said that the residents resorted to the protest after exhausting all other means of airing their grievance and having the same redressed.
“For close to two months, we petitioned the councillor and officials saying that the Corporation's drinking and salt or ground water supply was irregular and that we are put to a lot of hardship. Nothing much happened. Then after much deliberation we took to the street,” she said.
The residents, who earlier came under Ward 17 of the Kavundampalayam Municipality, complained that the Corporation had delayed the supply of salt or ground water and extended to 15 days the supply of Siruvani water. They said that the Athikadavu water supply was also stopped.
Earlier, the Municipality supplied water once in 10 days, Ms. Jagatha said and added that the situation had turned worse after the Corporation annexed the local body.
“We were hopeful that the Corporation, by virtue of being a bigger civic body with better administrative capabilities, will be able to solve basic civic issues. But that has not happened.”
The residents said that the Corporation supplied water regularly to the neighbouring Devanga Nagar but not to their locality.
Ward 7 Councillor K. Chinnasamy said that the Corporation found it difficult to supply because of power cuts at the pumping station.
He promised to take up the issue with the officials concerned to ensure regular supply of water.