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Activists protest in Mayor’s room; demand white paper on water scheme

Alleging irregularities in the implementation of Phase I of Mettur — Salem Dedicated Water Scheme, members of Tamil Nadu People Rights Movement demanded a white paper on the issue and staged a sit-in-protest in front of Mayor S. Soundappan during the grievance day meeting at the Corporation office here on Tuesday.

Led by its State president Poomozhi, the members met the Mayor and Corporation Commissioner S. R. Selvaraj during the meeting.

They said that two tanks, constructed at a cost of Rs. 1.92 crore in Thottilpatti, were damaged and developed leakage. “Though the tanks, each with capacity to hold 20 lakh litres, are designed to withstand for 100 years, they developed cracks within a year”, they added.

They said that reconstruction would incur additional cost and wanted the contractor to undertake the work.

They also blamed the Corporation engineers for poor monitoring that led to the situation. However, the Mayor refused to answer the activists’ queries forcing them to stage protest. The police were called in and the members were removed from the room. They raised slogans and left the room.

Later addressing presspersons, Poomozhi said that if the leakage is not set right only unprotected drinking would be supplied to the city residents leading to outbreak of waterborne diseases.

He said that the Corporation should come out with a white paper on the issue in the coming council meeting and wanted the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti Corruption sleuths to conduct inquiry into the irregularities.

He also wanted criminal action to be taken against the Corporation officials for failing to perform their duty and putting the life of people in jeopardy.

Criminal action sought against the Corporation officials for failing to perform their duty