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Kollapatty residents endure inadequate water supply

Karthik Madhavan

Many borewells in Kollapatty under repair; pipes often break causing leak



IT'S ALL EMPTY: This tank in Kollapatty has seen no water in the last four months. — PHOTO: M. GOVARTHAN

TIRUCHENGODE: If there is one precious commodity in Kollapatty, coming under ward 30 of Tiruchengode Municipality, it is, undoubtedly, water. Residents get it only once in about 10 days.

"An hour's supply once in 10 days is our lifeline. Without any other water source, we use it for bathing, washing, drinking and cooking," rues Shanta, a resident, who wants more supply and at regular intervals.

From Cauvery

The present supply of the Tiruchengode Municipality is drawn from Avathipalayam, on the banks of the Cauvery river.

Though originally meant to for drinking, it is also used for domestic purposes, as the borewells in the locality are not functioning.

"It is the same water that supports the 750 families of the area, for the motor at the borewells in the locality are under repair. This has been the condition for the last four months," complains M. Manickam, councillor of the area.

He says the area, primarily a Housing Board colony, has about 30 borewells, of which only 12 have water.

Even among the 12, motors are fit in only six, which too are under repair.

Mr. Manickam accuses the civic body of ill maintaining the motors.

He adds that the two overhead tanks of three-lakh litre capacity have been rendered useless because they have gone dry without water.

The drinking water supply is not without problems, though.

Pipes carrying water to the locality and the town often breaks, causing leaks at regular places and often.

At Monday's council meeting, the civic body tried to address the issue by sanctioning Rs. 50,000 to plug the leaks.

Chairman R. Natesan told the council that he was well aware of the problem and that a solution would be found soon.

The Council also resolved to request the Government to address the issue of water supply in undulating terrains.

Resolution

A resolution passed by the Council said, "The entire town is full of undulations, and in such a terrain it is difficult to supply water."

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