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S. Sundar

Despite launch of Tamiraparani combined scheme

VIRUDHUNAGAR: Frequent power cuts coupled with worn-out distribution pipelines have failed the Virudhunagar municipality’s attempt to provide adequate quantity of drinking water.

Despite having contributed Rs. 17 crore for the Tamiraparani Combined Drinking Water Scheme, the local body was still supplying water once in a week.

As against the requisite supply of 90 litres for an individual a day, the actual per capita supply was only around 65 litres a day.

The important reason was that the municipality has not been getting its designed quantity of 42 lakh litre of water a day from the scheme that was launched in December 2006.

“It has never crossed 30 lakh litres a day. It often fluctuates between 10 lakh litres and 25 lakh litres,” said Municipal Commissioner B. Kalyanasundaram.

He attributed this to frequent power failures and over withdrawals by the local bodies in the upstream region. The water being drawn from a long distance, it required to pump at five different places. Even if power failed at one place, the supply is suspended. Besides, at times the local body does not get water for two to three days following breakdown of pipelines.

The district administration has planned to provide a separate feeder for all the five pumping stations and the work is going on.

The Commissioner said that the four-decade old distribution line was worn out and was not sufficient enough to distribute the now available around 65 lakh litres a day (including supply from Anaikuttam).

Stating that the 18 over head tanks in the town were of lesser capacity, the Commissioner said the town had been divided into 73 zones to supply adequate quantity.

Since, water is supplied on a turn system, it takes one full week for each zone to get water for the second time.

“After the commissioning of the Tamiraparani scheme, there is not any complaint with regard to water supply. But, the only itch is the once-a-week supply,” he added.

The Commissioner said that a proposal had been made to relocate the distribution lines and expected that the issue would be solved by September 15.

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