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Queues at water distribution points illustrate Anna Nagar’s water situation

Residents wait for water at a distribution centre in Anna Nagar West Extension. Photo: K. Pichumani    | Photo Credit: K_Pichumani

Several areas of Anna Nagar are facing acute water shortage — a fact mirrored by the long queues at water distribution points. The wait at these facilities is usually long. The water distribution point on Park Road in Anna Nagar West, near the Metrowater pumping station, is a case in point.

The pumping machine at this point is said to have developed a snag a few times. Even last week, the equipment developed a problem and had to be repaired.

At the distribution points, which operate from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m., water is supplied for free. These distribution points help those in the middle- and low-income groups who do not have individual sumps at their houses.

“The quality of water supplied at the Park Road distribution point is good. However, steps must be taken to increase the quantity of water supplied for every person and the time of supply of water should be extended.” said S. Devi, a resident of Anna Nagar.

Also, with the help of the Corporation, Metrowater has set up water distribution points for consumers in areas that lack a provision for pipeline supply of water. For instance, Kalaivannar Nagar in Padi does not have water pipelines.

“The water supplied at these distribution points are irregular due to poor staff strength and the equipment falling into disrepair frequently,” said S. Ramesh, a resident of Anna Nagar.

Meanwhile, Corporation officials said a proposal to offer packaged drinking water cans at an affordable price was in the pipeline.

The private drinking water plants in the city have agreed to fill eight lakh water cans, each with a capacity of 20 litres. Residents will be able to get the drinking water cans from outlets set up by Corporation zonal offices.

The cost of filling one 20-litre drinking water will be around Rs. 5, but will be sold at around Rs.10 for consumers to meet transportation and other expenses, which are borne by the Corporation.

The scheme is yet to take off, as private water distributors are against the low cost supply of water. With regard to the operation of distribution points, Corporation officials said the time would be extended after a consultation with Metrowater officials.


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