Staff Reporter

DINDIGUL: The Dindigul municipality has plans to fix flow control valve in drinking water pipes to streamline drinking water supply to the town. To begin with, flow control valve will be fixed to drinking water pipelines, other than domestic connections.

A resolution in this connection was passed amid vociferous protests from the AIADMK and the CPI (M) councillors at a municipal council meeting held here on Friday.

Municipal Chairman R. Natarajan said that expenses for fixing the valve would be collected from consumers in one year. In the first phase, the valve will be fixed in 2,500 commercial connections such as hotel, marriage halls, lodges and commercial establishments at an estimated cost of Rs.8.50 lakh.

The cost of each valve is around Rs.350. Reacting strongly to the plan, AIADMK councillor A. Jayabal said that the municipality had been supplying drinking water to residences once in 12 days. Moreover, poor condition of pipes and low pressure in supply, majority of residents could draw water using pumping motors. Fixing valves would worsen the situation. He also appealed to the municipality not to take up this project in summer when water supply was very erratic. Though the chairman clarified that this proposal was only meant for commercial connections, Mr. Jayabal argued that the resolution was ambiguous and the municipality did not clarify that it was only for commercial connection. In the first para, it stated that fixing of valve was essential to regulate supply and the municipality has 26,366 connections.

Moreover, it stated that in the first phase, it would introduce it in commercial connection. Will the municipality include residential connections in the second phase? he questioned. “Such a measure will attract wrath of residents.”

He insisted that the municipality should announce in the hall that it will not fix valve to domestic connections. There was no response either from the municipal commissioner or the chairman. Municipal vice-chairman V. Kalyanasundaram also protested that this scheme could be implemented after summer.

The chairman said the new vegetable market to be constructed at Rs.1.79 crore at Nagal Nagar would will provide better facilities.