Residents throng Dindigul Collectorate with empty pots in their hands

More than 300 people, including a number of women, from Kombaiyanpatti village in Periyakottai panchayat thronged the Collectorate here on Monday with empty pots in their hands, demanding resumption of drinking water supply to their village.

A.Xavier, panchayat ward member and a resident of the village, said the panchayat had five borewells and electric motors. As all the five motors developed technical snags, the panchayat removed them for repair, but did not fit them back. As a result, the local body administration could not even supply drinking water to the village once in 15 days.

Now, the residents of the village were depending on private farms at Madur, a neighbouring village, for water, said R.Duraisamy. “Women find it difficult to fetch water for both drinking and domestic purposes from private farms, which are at least two km away from our village,” he said.

We had submitted petitions to the panchayat president, block development office and the Collector, and this issue was raised in the recent gram sabha meet as well.

The officials promised immediate action, but nothing had been done till now, said M.Antony, another panchayat ward member.

Air pollution

Over 100 persons from Sumaithangi, Pappinaickenvalasu and Pathinaru Pudhur villages came to the Collectorate here and appealed to the Collector to close a tyre processing unit at Sumaithangi, alleging that a large number of tyres are burnt there for removal of metals from them.

Dense smoke billowing from the unit affected the health of the villagers by causing suffocation, respiratory problems and nausea, said C.Maheswari, a resident of Pathinaru Pudhur. Petitions had been sent to the Chief Minister’s Grievances Cell, Pollution Control Board, Collector and the Tahsildar, but no action was taken, she charged.

“Children and the women suffer the most. The atomosphere is filled with black smoke and particles floating in the air affected the vision of road-users,” stated S.Kanagaraj, another resident.