Article courtesy of TNN | July 18, 2014 | The Times of India | Shared as educational material
TRICHY: Water crisis in the district has affected the people residing in non-delta areas of the district the most. Most of them are forced to fetch contaminated water from the borewells erected by the government.
The villagers living in non-delta areas such as Thottiyam, Thuraiyur, Manapparai, Mannachanallur, Uppiliyapuram and Manapparai, which are not only located on the outskirts but also far away from Cauvery river, are the most affected. These people solely rely on water tankers and tanks that are set up at a distance of every six-seven kilometres.
According to Khader Mohideen, a resident of Mannaparrai village, the region is not very close to the Cauvery river bed and hence, there is always a difficulty to get enough water. “When the Cauvery river can supply water to districts such as Ramanathapuram and Pudukottai through gigantic water supply schemes, why is this district deprived of the same?” he questioned.
“The government officials are aware of the crisis. They know that people in these regions, which are located on the outskirts, are the worst-affected. However, they haven’t been taking adequate efforts to provide sufficient water. Especially during summer, the water level dips to an alarming level,” said P Ganesan, the district secretary of Vivasaya Thozhilalr Sangam adding that though water pipes are laid during summer, it never reaches the pots of villagers. Though the district rural development agency has been involved in setting up tanks in the region, they are inadequate to cater to needs of large number of people residing here.
“The water that is being drawn from the borewells here is contaminated. The officials concerned, who supply water to other districts, are not even bothered about people in their own district,” charged Rajendran, a farmer from Manachanallur.
According to the district secretary of Tamil Nadu Vivasayigal Sangam, Aiylai Sivasuriyan, the problem has been there for the past one year. “The issue needs immediate attention. The works that were long proposed also need to be expedited,” he said.
Meanwhile, the district administration, in order to put an end to the water woes in the district, had introduced a drinking water helpline ?1077.’ According to officials, they have been receiving good response from people. It is being monitored by the district rural development agency officials.