TIRUCHY: The district administrations of Tiruchy, Karur, Perambalur, Ariyalur, Pudukkottai, Tiruvarur, and Nagapattinam districts claim that they are maintaining the drinking water supply as usual.
However, people in most of the districts especially, villagers in Manaparai area in Tiruchy district, Kadavur, Aravakkurichi, Lalalpet, Velliyanai, Krishnarayapuram and Nerur areas of Karur district and most of the remote areas in Perambalur and Ariyalur, Pudukkottai, Tiruvarur, and Nagapattinam districts continue to agitate for drinking water very often.
Tiruchy collector S. Sivarasu told DC the district administration sorted out the drinking water crisis by implementing drinking water supply schemes costing Rs 19 crore in worst- affected Manaparai, Vaiyampatti, Marungapuri, Thathaiyengarpettai, Uppiliapuram and Thuraiyur panchayat union areas.
N. Ravichandran, commissioner, Tiruchirapalli city corporation, said they have spent Rs 2 crore for repairing bore-wells and water mains etc., and are maintaining water supply as usual in the corporation area.
T. Anbazhagam, Karur collector, said they are maintaining the water supply without much hitch with available water and areas where the groundwater level has gone down, water supply in those areas were maintained through tanker lorries. "we are waiting the monsoon rains; once the rain comes, the groundwater level will be recharged and the problem will be further solved", he added.
Dr S. Sureshkumar, collector of Nagapattinam said they suffered initially due to the decreased arrival of the Kollidam water supply scheme with only two lakh liters per day as against eight lakh liters; however, they managed with other local sources and divided the available water to the people judiciously. The District administration is seeking funds from the TWAD and PWD departments for improving the drinking water supply further, he said.
T. Anand, Tiruvarur collector said there was some problem in supplying water in Muthupettai and Thiruthuraipoondi union areas, due to the decreased water supply available in the existing combined water supply scheme; however, they managed with local sources. The water supply was maintained in other parts of Tiruvarur district, as usual, he added.Dr M. Vijayalakhsmi, Ariyalur collector said there was no drinking water crisis in Ariyalur district and they maintained regular water supply in 201 village panchayat areas, two town panchayat areas and 2 municipal areas.Ms. B. Uma Maheswari, Pudukkottai collector also maintained that there is not much of water crisis in Pudukkottai district bearing some arid patches.