The Thrikkakara municipal council’s decision to put a moratorium on taking potable water from the wells for sale has come as a shocker for thirsty Kochiites.
The moratorium, for a period of three months from February 12, is taking a huge toll on many places in the city, including IT Hub Kakkanad, as Thrikkakara takes care of the water requirement of these areas.
The municipality had taken the decision after residents complained of water shortage due to the “excessive use of groundwater for commercial purposes.”
Mayor Tony Chammany said that the issue is serious and needs discussion and immediate action. “The decision will negatively impact people.
Both residential and commercial buildings use tanker water collected from the municipality for drinking.
The municipality should reconsider its decision,” said the Mayor. He added that he will talk to the chairman regarding this and that he will also request the state government to intervene in the issue.Sources say that the decision is perhaps provoked by the political divides within the Congress.
“The Congress ‘I’ group had recently ascended to power in the municipality toppling the ‘A’ group-led council there, whereas even after long requests of the ‘I’ group, the district leadership of Congress has been unwilling for a shuffle in the ruling council of the Kochi Corporation led by ‘A’ group.
Drinking water may have been made an issue to win a political battle,” said sources i.n the municipal council.