Saturday, March 10, 2007

Water problem hits Puducherry

Water problem hits Puducherry

Saturday March 10 2007 00:00 IST

PUDUCHERRY: Supply of inadequate quantity and poor quality of water has been posing problems for the residents of town area, mainly those in Raj Bhavan, Bussy and Uppalam constituencies.

The residents said the water supplied was often murky or pale yellow with some odour.

“As soon as we opened the tap yesterday, yellow water started flowing,” said Krishnakumar, a resident of Bussy. It is not an odd incident, limited to a single day.

At least once a fortnight the water supplied is pale yellow in colour, said Sukanya, a resident of Louis Prakasam Street. Though water is supplied thrice, it stops very soon and the residents are only left hoping that the next supply will be good.

“For the past six to seven months, the residents have been facing acute water shortage and supply of unsafe drinking water,” said S P Sivakumar, former minister and sitting MLA from Raj Bhavan constituency.

People suspect that the murky water could be due to cracks in the old pipeline from Thirukanji to Puducherry. Though the PWD had constructed an overhead tank (OHT) at Uppalam to redress these problems, it is yet to become functional even six months after construction.

And lack of coordination between the PWD and the Electricity Department is said to be causing the delay. As the Electricity Department has to give electricity connection to the motor, the lethargic attitude of the department is said to be causing the delay.

The PWD, however, said all the problems had been addressed. “The OHT will become operational within ten days,” said Pitchumani, Chief Engineer, PWD.

The trial run is on. He said that sometimes it accidentally gets connected with the main water supply, causing the yellow colour.

“In case of supply of such murky water, the Public Works Department authorities should alert the people of an improper water supply as it could lead to health problems for the consumers,” Sivakunmar said and added that arrangement should be made to provide alternative water supply fit for consumption.

Moreover, the government should dedicate the OHT to the public at the earliest, he added.

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THE NEW INDIAN EXPRESS

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