A PIL was filed in the Madras High Court for a direction to the Chennai Metro Water Supply and Sewerage Board (CMWSSB) to provide water connection to the residents of Rajaji Nagar in Triplicane.
The first bench of Acting Chief Justice RK Agrawal and Justice M Sathiyanarayanan, before which the PIL from social worker K Chinnaraj, also a resident of Rajaji Nagar, came up for hearing on July 9, ordered notice to the government and the CMWSSB, returnable in two weeks.
According to the petitioner, who is also the founder of the People Movement for National Rivers Inter-Linking Organisation, the residents of Rajaji Nagar, mostly belonging to the Scheduled Caste, were living there for the past 100 years.
They constructed houses and were provided with electricity connection and ration cards. However, water supply pipes had not been laid. They had to walk for about a km to fetch water for drinking and other domestic purposes, he contended.