Trichy: Hundreds of residents of Nalliyampatti in Musiri union are reeling under acute shortage of drinking water, as most of the water sources have dried up completely. Though the village has been brought under the combined drinking water scheme, residents have to wait for hours to get water owing to irregular supply.
“Many villages in T Puthupatti panchayat which has been brought under the combined Cauvery water scheme is being supplied drinking water daily without fail. However, there is no assurance for us. Water would be supplied any time for 30 minutes in a day,” said A Mani, a resident of Nalliyampatti. “This has forced the people to queue up for hours in front of the tap with pots waiting for the water to be released,” said Ayilai Sivasuriyan, district secretary of Tamil Nadu Vivasayigal Sangam (CPI).
“There is no stipulated time to supply water to this village. They have to wait for hours around the tap. Whenever water released, people have to fetch one or two pots for a whole day. This situation has led to residents picking up quarrels. As all water sources have dried up, people have to rely only on Cauvery drinking water. Water supply should be released on time and the supply time too should be extended,” said Sivasuriyan.
Water was supplied on Tuesday evening after the Musiri tahsildar spoke with the concerned officials in the union, Ayilai Sivasuriyan told.“After a long gap water was supplied to the village on Tuesday. This should not be stopped with one day. Water should be supplied on a daily basis for a particular time during the morning as well as evening, at least for two hours. Officials should monitor the process on a regular basis to take necessary action if there are any issues with drinking water supply,” he said.
(source : TOI)