Even much before the onset of summer, the residents at Maradu and Nettoor are reeling under acute shortage of drinking water. According to the residents here, the last couple of weeks have been dreadful for them owing to lack of water. At present, the people here depend on the water supplied in tanker lorries for their needs.
“Though we had brought the issue before the Kerala Water Authority (KWA) officials, they are yet to take any concrete action in this regard,” the residents said. Youth Congress member Boban Nedumparambil said the public will soon initiate protest measures if the authorities failed to resolve the issue. “The KWA authorities are sitting tight despite complaints pouring in regarding frequent leakages of the water pipelines in the area. Though it is a recurring phenomenon, the KWA officials are yet to find a permanent solution to the issue. As a result, fearing pipe bursts, the KWA officials restrict the supply of water through the pipelines. Without the adequate pressure, the water does not reach everywhere. If the issue is not resolved immediately, the residents will have to suffer during the summer,” Boban said.
Meanwhile, the KWA officials said the leakage of the water pipelines in the area has temporarily been resolved and necessary steps have been taken to prevent the problem.
Assistant Engineer Rajesh said the shortage of water supply from Aluva pump house had led to the situation.
“The water supply from Aluva was completely disrupted a couple of days last week. During the time, we were unable to supply water to the area,” he said. He also noted that frequent disruption of electricity had also added to the woes.
“There were frequent power disruptions in the area. We cannot supply water sufficiently to the area if there are more than two electricity disruptions in a day,” they added.