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FOR THEIR RIGHTS: R. Sukumaran, Chief Engineer (Southern Region), Kerala Water Authority, being gheraoed by Congress workers and the people of Kadhinamkulam panchayat in protest against water supply disruption in the area for the past 15 days.
FOR THEIR RIGHTS: R. Sukumaran, Chief Engineer (Southern Region), Kerala Water Authority, being gheraoed by Congress workers and the people of Kadhinamkulam panchayat in protest against water supply disruption in the area for the past 15 days.

Staff Reporter

Water supply in Kadhinamkulam disrupted for past 15 days

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Incensed over the non-availability of piped drinking water for the past 15 days, the people of Kadhinamkulam, along with local Congress activists, gheraoed Kerala Water Authority (KWA) Chief Engineer (Southern Region) R. Sukumaran on Tuesday morning.

Water supply to the Kadhinamkulam grama panchayat and areas in Chirayinkeezh, Azhoor and Andoorkkonam grama panchayats was disrupted when the lone pump at the Vettuthura pump house that services the water supply scheme there suffered a mechanical failure. Situated between the Parvathy Puthanar and the Arabian Sea, the Kadhinamkulam area depends solely on piped drinking water.

M.A. Latheef, treasurer of the District Congress Committee, who was among those who led the agitation, said people who approached KWA officials 48 hours after the disruption were told that the pump’s motor would have to be sent to Coimbatore for repair.

Road blockade

On July 30, the people blocked a road when the KWA failed to restore water supply. “The residents were also angry over the fact that more than 75 families near the Channankara bridge who had taken water connections in 2003 had to pay bills to the KWA regularly without getting a drop of water in their taps,” Mr. Latheef said here.

The people ended the blockade after officials of the KWA promised them normal water supply in the next 24 hours. After waiting for four days, the people decided to come to the KWA headquarters to register their protest.

KWA’s promise

Following an assurance from KWA officials that the problem would be set right on Tuesday night, the people and activists called off the gherao.

Officials of the KWA said here that though the pump had started functioning two days ago, it would take some time for all areas to get normal water supply.

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