It seems that the drinking water crisis in Kalamassery and Thrikkakkara Municipalities would not be resolved in the near future.
For the past one month, the residents in these areas were experiencing severe scarcity of drinking water. The Kerala Water Authority (KWA) officials washed off their hands in the issue saying that the problem can not be solved locally and intervention from higher officials are required. According to the residents, drinking water shortage is severe atn Unichira Club junction and Thoppil. Areas like Edappally toll junction, Godown road, Manathpadam, Marattichodu, B M Nagar, Meloth Road are also facing water shortage. Areas like Cheranallore are also facing similar issue.
Jaleel Thanath, vice-president, Thrikkakkara Residents’ Association Apex Council said they were not getting satisfactory response from KWA officials about the issue.
“The officials said the deviation of water supply to the West kochi region is the major reason for water supply disruption to Kalamasserry and Thrikkakkara region. But, the officials are not giving any time frame about when the issue can be resolved. Now the residents are getting meager supply of water,” he added.
He added that the council was planning an agitation to reinstate water supply as early as possible.
After the interconnection work done in Karanakodam, the supply to West Kochi region has been restored but water supply in some regions in the city disrupted.
The Kalamassery pump house provides about 5.4 million litres of water per day each to Kalamassery and Thrikkakara municipalities.
When contacted KWA officials said intervention from higher officials was needed to find a permanent solution for the problem.
“When we came to know about the problem, some adjustments in the valve of the water pipeline were done but which was not proved fruitful. There should be a proper system in place to solve the issue since the supply to the city centre and west Kochi regions are of equal importance,” the officials said.