More borewells, augmentation of water supply schemes demanded

Drinking water woes this summer dominated gram sabha meets held in many of the 157 panchayats in Karur district on May Day.

Scarcity of potable water and erratic supply of available water to habitats were roundly criticised in many panchayats while people demanded more borewells and augmentation of water sources in some others.

In Kumaramangalam panchayat, not far from the Cauvery in Kulithalai region, people of the village pointed out that despite pipes having been laid and all arrangements completed for supply of Cauvery water under a combined water supply scheme, officials had not let water for the village.

People demanded to know the reason for the delay and the means to rectify the situation. Local officials and elected representatives had a tough time pacifying the agitated crowd.

Similarly in Inungur panchayat, the gram sabha meeting was dominated by demands from various quarters to augment potable water supply in the panchayat.

Several habitats were not getting adequate and regular supply of water residents alleged and demanded more borewells be sunk to meet the burgeoning demand.

They urged the officials and the elected representatives to expedite on going water supply works.

Water scarcity did not escape the gram sabha meet at Thennilai panchayat held at Mamarathupatti village in Kadavur taluk, in which District Collector S. Jayandhi participated as an observer. Some persons alleged partiality in supply of available potable water in the panchayat and the local body officials denied such allegations.

A few others pointed out that they were supplied drinking water rather erratically and demanded that regularity be maintained in water supply in the panchayat.

Ms. Jayandhi was constrained to remark that the administration, along with various governmental departments and agencies, was doing its bit to provide adequate water supply to the people in the district.

Summer was difficult and absence of rains in the preceding months made life more difficult for those monitoring the supply situation in the district.

Even those areas where there was no scarcity previously were experiencing trouble on the potable water front these days and so within the means available everything was being done to ease the trouble of the people, she said.

Similarly in various panchayats in the K. Paramathi and Aravakurichi regions, water scarcity ruled the day with the people of the village demanding concrete action to tackle the situation especially during the summer.

This year was perhaps the worst in terms of water availability many participants in the gram sabha meetings had reportedly noted and wanted the administration to respond to the situation on war footing.

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