TAMIL NADU

20 construction workers injured

KARUR, JULY 24. Over 20 workers engaged in construction work at the Dindigul Combined Water Supply Scheme infiltrator/collector well on the Cauvery riverbed off Ranganathanpettai near here suffered injuries when a concrete deck they were working on collapsed from a height of 20 feet today.

Around 60 persons were filling cement concrete mixture on the deck constructed over a balustrade of 20 pillars to support the giant pipes to carry water pumped out from the Cauvery river to Dindigul and other wayside habitats in Karur and Dindigul districts when the accident occurred. The scaffolding along with the deck collapsed on the riverbed suddenly, trapping the victims in the falling debris.

All except two critically injured persons, Lakshmi and Palanisamy, were treated as outpatients. The two seriously injured are being treated at a private hospital here.

The Dindigul Combined Water Supply Scheme is mired in a political controversy as the Karur Municipality has taken serious objection to the sinking of the infiltrator/collector well at N. Pudupalayam near the head works of the scheme that supplies water to Karur. Residents of Karur claim that the new and higher power well for the Dindigul scheme would affect water supply to their town. The Local Administration Minister, K.P. Anbazhagan, had made a spot survey of the works recently and assured that water supply to Karur would not be affected.

But that did not satisfy the Karur Municipality, as the Chairman, K.V. Ramasamy, following the ministerial visit got the council specially convened to discuss the issue when the council unanimously passed a resolution seeking the State Government to alter the N. Pudupalayam works. Now, the accident has added to the problems that dog the Dindigul water scheme.

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