Hoardings list ‘achievements’ regarding water distribution

After failing to get remedy from elected representatives and officials, the residents of Ward 11 and 12 of Chikkadasampalayam Panchayat in Karamadai Panchayat Union erected three small hoardings a few days ago.

The hoardings listed the ‘achievements’ of the Panchayat ward member, Panchayat Union Councillor and the Panchayat president: they had ‘improved’ the water supply from once in five days to once in 10 days, changed duration of water supply from 10 hours to four hours, had not supplied ground water to people from ‘Salim Kadai’ to ‘Kaikatti’, and ‘protected the environment’ by not cleaning the drainage.

The residents erected the banners because the Panchayat officials mismanaged the water supply, complained G. Sakthivel, a resident.

The area got its water supply from the Bhavani River water pipeline that reached Tirupur.

The water fell into a sump in the area for further distribution. It was at the distribution point that the mismanagement took place.

The plumbers did not turn the valve on and off at regular intervals. Their irregular functioning was what had led to the situation, he said and added that though the residents complained, the president C. Arumugam did little to improve the situation.

Besides, the residents were also angered at a few illegal water connections.

Three days after the residents erected the hoardings, block development officials along with the elected representatives met the residents on Tuesday morning.

Mr. Arumugam said that he had explained to the residents that the delay in water supply was because of an on-going work, which got over a few days ago with the completion of the trial run.

The Panchayat was ready to improve supply and it had after the meeting.

The Block Development Officer V.K. Suresh was not available for comment.

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