Patients and their relatives at the district headquarters government hospital in Walajah staged a road roko on the Chennai- Bangalore National Highway-46 on Thursday, protesting against lack of water in the hospital.
The protestors complained that there was no water even for washing purposes for the past four days and that they had to buy bottled water from nearby shops.
Walajah Municipal Chairman Vedhagiri, Ranipet Revenue Divisional Officer Priyadarshini and Walajah Tahsildar Ravichandran assured the protestors of action. A police team led by Walajah inspector Saravanan too arrived at the spot and pacified the protestors.
Vedhagiri said that the borewell water at the hospital was being used for washing purposes, while drinking water was being supplied through pipelines on alternate days.
Since there was no electricity, water could not be pumped to the water tank and that had led to water shortage, he said adding that the problem was rectified immediately.
Traffic was affected for nearly an hour on the NH as a result of the road roko.