Water Pollution Woes Persist in Ward 99

Published: 04th August 2015 04:42 AM  |   Last Updated: 04th August 2015 04:42 AM   |  A+A-

COIMBATORE: Even after the borewell water samples taken from Muthaliyar street and Konavaikkalpalayam of Ward 99 of the city corporation were found unusable two years ago, the civic body is yet to make alternate arrangements.

Despite repeated requests from public, the local body has failed to set up additional borewells in nearby places for providing water.

According to sources, earlier residents used to receive water supply every day but now they are receiving water only once in three days and that too polluted water.

Groundwater in areas surrounding Vellalore dump yard are polluted for more than one kilometre due to poor maintenance of the dump yard.

It may be noted that an RTI activist Daniel Jesudass approached the Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage Board (TWAD) on August 2013 complaining about the quality of water supplied in the areas surrounding Vellalore dump yard and it was found that the water samples were unsuitable for use at four different places including the two villages.

“After receiving our complaint, the Vellalore panchayat had setup an additional borewell pump in a nearby village. But later, water from there too became polluted. However the city corporation did not take any measures in this regard,” Daniel said. “People here were happy after the areas were annexed with the city corporation four years ago believing that they would get more benefits. However they are now running from pillar to get even basic amenities,” Daniel charged.

When contacted, Ward 99 councillor V Savithri told Express that they have taken the issue to the corporation and tender would be

floated in the coming weeks for installing additional borewells. Savithri, however, admitted that the present contractor is not properly segregating garbage at the dump yard.


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