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Acute water shortage in Coonoor

D. Radhakrishnan
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Municipality says that the situation is manageable

A resident collecting spring water at Gandhinagar below Coonoor on Saturday.—Photo: M. Sathyamoorthy
A resident collecting spring water at Gandhinagar below Coonoor on Saturday.—Photo: M. Sathyamoorthy

Udhagamandalam: With water supply becoming increasingly erratic in Coonoor on account of rapidly depleting storage in the reservoirs pressure has started mounting on the civic administration.

While the residents opine that the shortage is acute, the administration is of the view that it is manageable.

Speaking to The Hindu here on Saturday, Municipal Commissioner A. Shanmugam said that there is now about 30 feet of water in the main Raliah Dam.

Practically all the local sources have dried up. Stating that the municipality has to meet the requirements of about 45,500 residents and a floating population of 3,000 to 5,000 per day, he said that during the peak season the floating population is expected to touch 15,000 a day.

While the people in the core areas are now getting water once in about seven days others are being supplied once in four days. While two municipal tankers are now serving the people, two more would be pressed into service soon.

In addition private lorries would be hired. There is also a proposal to tap the wells in various places.

A resident said that normally springs would be of help to the people.

However, this year due to the extremely dry weather, even many of the springs have become dry. In places like Gandhinagar below Coonoor spring water has been reduced to a trickle and it has to be thoroughly filtered before use.

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