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Minister inspects water tank at Kurinji Nagar

Staff Reporter

Replacement of old pipelines assured

— Photo: T. Singaravelou

SPOT STUDY: PWD Minister M.O.H.F. Shahjahan inspecting the main water tank at Kurinji Nagar, Lawspet, on Monday.

PUDUCHERRY: Residents of Kurinji Nagar, Raman Nagar and Navakulam in Lawspet have complained of contamination of drinking water supplied to the houses from the main water tank at Kurinji Nagar in the last 10 days. Public Works Minister M.O.H.F. Shahjahan on Monday inspected the tank and assured the residents that the old pipelines in the area would be replaced.

Drinking water from the main tank was being supplied to around 1,500 houses in Kurinji Nagar, Kurinji Nagar extension, Raman Nagar and Navarkulam. The water tank was constructed almost a year ago, president of Kurinji Nagar Residents’ Welfare Association M. Purushotaman said.

“The problem started a month ago. The tank was cleaned and there was no water contamination for sometime. For the last 10 days, the water supplied to the houses had worms, insects and sand. The water supplied during the early hours of the day was not potable. We had written to the Public Works Department seeking action,” he said.

The contamination was severe in 7th and 8th Cross Streets of Kurinji Nagar. “But, we do not think that there could a problem with the main water tank. Sewage could have got mixed with at some spot in the distribution line,” Mr. Purushotaman said.

Shortly after inspecting the tank, Mr. Shahjahan said, “We inspected the tank at Kurinji Nagar along with officials and technicians and will take immediate steps to clean it.”

He assured the residents that the works to lay new pipelines would begin in two to three days.

Officials said that the distribution lines in the streets where water contamination was reported would be replaced.

Mr. Shahjahan also inspected the ongoing road work in Lawspet constituency. A link road connecting Navakulam and Airport Road was being laid at the cost of Rs. 50 lakh. New pipelines had been laid on Goubert Street, Kamarajar Street and Bhagat Singh Street and works were under way on Bharathidasan Street and Vanidhasan Street.

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