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New water connections by month-end

M. Gunasekaran

TIRUPUR: Here is some good news for the residents of water-starved Tirupur. With the Madras High Court disposing of a writ petition two days ago and the New Tirupur Area Development Corporation Limited (NTADCL) has started trial run to supply drinking water to the local body, the municipality is all set to provide new water supply connections.

"We have decided to start providing 2,000 connections that was sanctioned by the Government a year ago. From Monday onwards we will start the process by collecting an additional deposit of Rs. 3,000 from the 961 applicants who have been waiting for the last four years,'' says the Municipal Chairman, M. N. Palanisamy. According to sources, 9,681 applications had been registered for new connections two months ago through the online counters at the State Bank ofIndia.

The local body suspended receipt of applications and works for providing new connections as the Coimbatore Consumer Cause (CCC) approached the HC seeking directions to provide connections on the basis of house tax seniority instead of registration seniority. With the disposal of the petition, the municipality resumed works to provide new connections. The town now has 44,085 connections with over 70,000 house tax assessments. At present, the town gets 4.5 million litres a day (mld) under the water supply scheme I and 22 mld under water supply scheme II, sources said.

The NTADCL, which implements the Tirupur Water Supply and Sewerage Scheme said in its recent communication to the Municipality that it would commence supply of 12.44 mld for domestic purpose a cost of Rs.5 a 1,000 litres, officials point out.

In anticipation of this, a proposal has been sent to the Commissioner of Municipal Administration (CMA) seeking permission to provide 20,000 new connections.

Officials pointed out that there was a problem in getting the sanction immediately as the Municipal Council rejected recently the proposal to hike water charges.

Talking to The Hindu , Mr. Palanisamy said in a few months, the municipality would clear the waiting list once it gets sufficient water.

Though the CCC has the power to go to consumer court as per HC direction, it has decided not to proceed, says its general secretary, K. Kathirmathiyon.

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