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Inaction has led to water shortage in many parts of town

Needs attention:A leak in the drinking water pipeline at Kaniravuthar Kulam in Erode town remains unplugged for the past two weeks. —PHOTO: M. GOVARTHAN
Needs attention:A leak in the drinking water pipeline at Kaniravuthar Kulam in Erode town remains unplugged for the past two weeks. —PHOTO: M. GOVARTHAN

Even as water scarcity persists in most parts of Erode, leaks in the pipelines remain unplugged for days together at many places in the town, thus, leading to waste of thousands of litres of water everyday.

In a few parts, leaks remain unattended for more than two weeks. A major leak in the Kaniravuthar Kulam area is yet to attract the attention of authorities for the past 20 days. Huge amount of potable water flow on the street from the leak and end up in the drains.

People in the area said they were experiencing severe water shortage for the past several days and the Erode Corporation did not pay any attention to plug the leak in the pipeline. A few hundred families in the area could have received adequate water supply if the civic body plugged the leak, they pointed out.

Similarly, leaks in Surampatty and Periyasemur and many other parts in the town have been around for the past several days despite repeated complaints from the residents.

The civic body could save thousands of litres of water everyday if it had attended to the problems in its distribution network properly. The inaction from authorities had left many parts in the town to face water shortage, residents said.

The frequency of water supply had gone up to five days in many parts of the town.

A few parts, including Periya Semur, were being given water once in a week.

“We staged a number of demonstrations demanding water from the civic body. But no fruitful steps had been made till date to sort out the water supply issue,” residents here pointed out.

Scheme

“Whenever we raise the water supply issue, officials claim that the implementation of the Uratchikottai Water Supply Scheme is the only solution to the problem. The scheme is still on the paper and we don't know when it is going to become operational,” S. Chandrasekaraan, a resident points out.

The severe water shortage had forced many residents to depend on the parallel supply from the private players.

When contacted, civic officials said that they were taking steps to plug the leaks in the pipelines.

Civic officials said that they were taking steps to plug the leaks in the pipelines

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