Kochi

Mayor takes up water shortage issue with KWA

Seeking immediate steps: Mayor Soumini Jain and corporation councillors meet the KWA Regional Chief Engineer on Tuesday seeking water for West Kochi.

Seeking immediate steps: Mayor Soumini Jain and corporation councillors meet the KWA Regional Chief Engineer on Tuesday seeking water for West Kochi.   | Photo Credit: H_Vibhu

Demands that water supply to the area should be restored immediately

Mayor Soumini Jain along with many councillors on Tuesday gathered at the office of the Regional Chief Engineer of the Kerala Water Authority (KWA) here, demanding more water for West Kochi areas that were reeling under shortage of water.

Ms. Jain demanded that the water supply to the area should be restored immediately.

KWA Regional Chief Engineer G. Sreekumar told The Hindu that steps had been taken to ensure full quota of supply to West Kochi. The problem had arisen because of the shutdown in Palluruthy pumping as the spindle of a valve was repaired on Saturday.

The shutdown from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. would affect supply for three to four days even after pumping was restored. The work was on a major pipeline of 1,200 mm, and it affected a large number of people. About 15 million litres of water is distributed from the Palluruthy sump.

In addition to the 15 mld of water from the Aluva plant, West Kochi gets its major share of about 40 mld from the Maradu water treatment plant. In view of the acute shortage of water in the city supply network, West Kochi was provided about 2 mld less from Perumanur.

Mr. Sreekumar said he had also issued an order to constitute a crisis management group that would decide on steps to be taken during any break in pumping at any place.

The group would inform people’s representatives in a locality about any break in water supply because of repair work.

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