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Cooperation of officials to solve water crisis sought

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Local body representatives accuse them of being ‘ lackadaisical’

MAKIGN A POINT:M. Sundarapandian, District Chairman, addressing the District Planning Committee meeting in Ramanathapuram,on Wednesday.— Photo: L. Balachandar
MAKIGN A POINT:M. Sundarapandian, District Chairman, addressing the District Planning Committee meeting in Ramanathapuram,on Wednesday.— Photo: L. Balachandar

Foreseeing a drinking water crisis in the coming months, District Chairman, who is also the Chairman of District Planning Committee (DPC), sought the cooperation of the officials to tide over the crisis, even as elected local body representatives accused them of being ‘too lackadaisical’ to get anything done.

Chairing a DPC meeting at the Collectorate here on Wednesday, District Chairman M. Sundarapandiyan said the district, which was already drought prone, was likely to face a severe drinking water crisis in the coming months following the failure of both southwest and northeast monsoons and urged the officials to gear up to meet the challenge.

"Despite good rains last year, we had problems and this year, it’s going to be worse," he said, referring to the heads of the local bodies unanimously complaining that TWAD Board and Electricity Board officials do not attend to the problems brought to their notice with regard to water supply. He suggested that the officials, especially those from the TWAD board, get a list of problems pointed out by the Chairmen of Panchayat unions, Municipalities and Town Panchayats and redress them, after according highest priority. “As we have not received rains, the whole of November and till now, there is going to be a severe water shortage and the officials should take all measures to tide over the crisis,” he said.

Highlighting issues in their respective regions, District and Town Panchayat Chairmen complained that the officials never attend the block level meetings organized by them.

They said a number of villages were not getting water under the Cauvery combined drinking water scheme, but the officials, despite repeated pleas, were not attending to the problems.

“We never get the Cauvery water in Kamudhi area,” an elected representative said, while another complained that an integrated water supply scheme drawn for R S Mangalam block to provide water supply to 136 villages is yet to take off for reasons best known to the officials. The sump has been built and the pipelines have been laid, he said.

A Chairman from the Mandapam region lamented that officials were lackadaisical in their attitude. They erect an electric pole and forget about it, knowing fully well that it would fall after couple of years due to corrosion in the coastal area, he said.

The DPC Chairman said the meeting, would be held once a month, instead of once in three months to speedily monitor and review the progress of implementation of schemes sanctioned for the year 2012-13 and draw plans for the successful implementation of schemes for the year 2013-14.

Besides the elected representatives, the meeting was attended by officials from TWAD, EB and Health Departments, whose departments schemes were taken for discussion on Wednesday's meeting.

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