Residents of Elamakkara and South Bhavans Road on Saturday conducted a mass protest in front of the office of the assistant executive engineer, Kaloor, against disrupted water supply in the area.
The protesters, including women and children, held placards and buckets as part of their protest. Leaders and members of various political parties also reached the office to extend their support to local residents.
“For the last eight days, we have not got drinking water. The authority must solve the problem today itself,” said Anil Kumar, one of the protesters.
The protesters on seeing executive engineer V Mohanan entering his office, stormed into his cabin. Later during a discussion with the protesters, Mohanan said the water supply had got disrupted after a motor in the Aluva pump house stopped functioning. The water connection would be resumed within two days, he assured the protesters.
Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) area committee members prevented officials from leaving the office. Police had to intervene to disperse the mob. “The public is not getting drinking water. For one tanker, we need to pay Rs 1,000 to Rs 1,500,” said T G Soman, South Bhavan Road Residents’ Association president.
Members of residents’ associations poured water in front of the office to show their anger over the apathy of the authorities in solving the water crisis.