Staff Reporter

NALGONDA: As many as 16 persons including several women were taken ill allegedly after drinking of contaminated water at Rajivnagar and its neighbouring areas in Suryapet on Saturday.

Those affected were admitted to the government area hospital in Suryapet. Of the 16 persons, five were discharged from the hospital later in the day after undergoing treatment. The condition of the remaining persons was stated to be stable. While, a section of the affected persons attributed their sickness to the alleged poor quality of Musi water being supplied to them, the civic officials concerned denied contamination of tap water. “There is a marked change in the colour and smell of the drinking water being supplied to us through the taps,” pointed out V Lakshmi, a resident of Rapolu temple area in Suryapet. “We are left with no other option but to drink the same water,” she lamented.

When contacted, the Suryapet Municipal Commissioner Bhongiri Srinivas said that 16 persons fell sick after consuming water from a borewell near Rajivnagar. “We have seized the borewell and sent the water samples from the borewell as well as from Musi to the laboratory in Nalgonda,” he said adding that the exact cause of the contamination would be known only after receiving the reports from the laboratory. Chlorination of Musi water is being done twice and we have taken adequate care to ensure quality water supply to the residents, the Commissioner said.