Members of Dakshin Railway Employees Union, workshop division, have urged Tiruchi railway division to take steps for the supply of protected drinking water to the residents of Golden Rock Railway Workshop Colony.

The members of the union along with their family members presented a petition pressing this demand to Manjula Rangarajan, Divisional Railway Manager, on Monday.

The petition said that over 6,000 are employed at the workshop and about 3,000 families are residing in the colony.

Golden Rock Railway Hospital draws about 700 outpatients daily. At present, drinking water is supplied to golden rock, railway colony, railway hospital, GOC, and railway junction from the Sarkarpalayam water treatment plant commissioned 60 years ago. The overhead water tank and the pipes too belonged to that period.

The drinking water supplied to these areas is contaminated and has led to outbreak of diseases. They urged the railway administration to take immediate steps to clean the water tanks regularly, replace the old pipelines, and renovate the borewells in the colony.

Till protected drinking water is supplied, the administration should supply water through water tankers, they said.