Residents of Ramanamudalipudur Panchayat in Anamalai Union on Monday petitioned the district administration seeking early implementation of a water supply scheme.
In the petition, the residents led by the panchayat president R.M. Anandakumar said that they had paid Rs. 6.66 lakh to implement the project under the ‘Namaku Name’ scheme, where in the beneficiaries contribute one-third of the project cost.
The project was designed to draw water from a nearby water source to feed the panchayat’s 1,000-plus families.
Mr. Anandakumar said that the residents had been suffering without adequate water for the last five years as the water supplied under an existing scheme did not reach residents as the panchayat was the last beneficiary. The bigger local bodies on way used the water. The panchayat was supposed to get one-and-half lakh litre water a day.
But it received water only once in 10 to 15 days. The only borewell in the village, dug over 30 years ago, was not that helpful as the yield was very poor.
To overcome the problem, the residents contributed their might to get the water supply scheme implemented. Even elderly residents receiving old age pension from the government contributed, the petition said.
On May 1, the residents held a grama sabha meeting followed by another meeting the same evening.
People chipped in with their contribution and within a short time, they mobilised the entire amount necessary for implementation of the project.
The panchayat residents had given all the cheques to the District Collector but the work was yet to begin.
It had been five months since the entire amount was paid, Mr. Anandakumar said.
Rs. 66 lakh paid to implement project under ‘Namakku name’ scheme
Panchayat getting water only once in 15 days