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Updated: September 27, 2010 12:58 IST

Nandamuri Nagar a neglected area

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Water woes: Residents drawing water from the manhole of the underground drain that is still under construction at Nandamuri nagar in Vijayawada on Sunday. Photo: V. Raju
The Hindu Water woes: Residents drawing water from the manhole of the underground drain that is still under construction at Nandamuri nagar in Vijayawada on Sunday. Photo: V. Raju

People rely on water seeped into UGD manholes

Entire city is going hubbub over the disruption of water supply from 10 MGD water plant at Ramalingeswara Nagar, and politicians zeroed in on it to express their concern. The problem of water shortage here surfaced just a week ago. But, about 100 families at Nandamuri Nagar are subjected to all possible crises. No water, no power, and no roads. Leave alone medical facilities for the patients here.

These families are now, literally, relying on Under Ground Drainage (UGD) manholes for water. They are using the water that is seeped into the manholes for their daily needs. And, for drinking water, they walk long distances to fetch a pail of drinking water. Upping the ante, they would have to walk on slabs of side drains as the roads were dug for laying UGD works.

The UGD facilities came in hand for them, but in a different fashion. The water being seeped into the manholes is a big boon for them. And, they were forced to use muck water for their daily needs as there are no water supply facilities in the vicinity, they said, adding, there were no efforts from the corporation to provide at least drinking water to them.

The sufferings of 100 families, mostly poor living thatched houses and tarpaulin huts, do not end with water. It would be a tormenting day, if any family member suffered from fevers and diseases. They would have to carry patients along the side drains as the roads are not motorable. And, if it were night, the plight aggravates as there are no streetlights and power supply as well. “We feel that the officials conveniently neglected us,” they said.

They staged a sit in protest on Sunday under the aegis of city unit of CPI(M) to draw the attention of the Corporation. CPI(M) floor leader in VMC Ch. Babu Rao and others were present. They demanded the VMC to provide drinking water, and medical facilities on war footing.

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