TIRUPUR: The Tirupur Corporation is yet to increase water supply to fulfil the demand and the residents say that the waiting window for getting water supply from Corporation has only been increasing.
CPI councillor Ravichandran alleges that the schemes to provide water every alternate day has not met the target. “The third water scheme was implemented a decade ago with the objective to supply water on alternate days. Though water was supplied once in 4-6 days a few years ago, it is now once every 8-10 days,” Ravichandran says.
He adds the Corporation administration should assess the availability of water from all the three schemes by fixing meters. “The measuring of the water will help officials chalk out a distribution plan,” he adds.
CPM councillor Marappan says that without completing the new pipeline-laying work that has been delayed over the past few years, the supply cannot be improved.
The residents have another demand to increase the supply of water from the first and second schemes, since water from these is pumped from Bhavani river flowing through Mettupalayam. However, they oppose increasing the supply through the third water scheme, which pumps water from the same river flowing through Erode district, as they claim it lacks quality and taste.
According to executive engineer of Tirupur Corporation, Tamil Selvan, the supply is 118.5 MLD as per the current demand. “We are getting about 104 MLD now,” he points out. He also says that laying new pipelines under the `45 crore project will improve water supply.