Health min helps Pudukai vil­lage ad­dress wa­ter woes

The New Indian Express - - TAMIL NADU -

UN­ABLE to meet Rev­enue and pan­chayat of­fi­cials on Fri­day to dis­cuss wa­ter is­sues in their area, Ra­madas and his wife Ra­jaku­mari from Sem­pat­tividuthi were redi­rected to a school where Health Min­is­ter C Vi­jayabaskar was at­tend­ing a func­tion. As the cou­ple brought with them a sam­ple of the im­pure wa­ter from their area’s over­head tank, at­ten­tion was not hard to come by. The Min­is­ter gave them a hear­ing and quickly ini­ti­ated ac­tion.

The over­head tank was only giv­ing tur­bid wa­ter. Ra­madas said the qual­ity and colour of the wa­ter was com­pa­ra­ble to that of mud and sewage. Fri­day was the third day a tem­po­rary mini-tank oper­a­tor stopped pro­vid­ing wa­ter to the pub­lic as he al­legedly had not been paid. This meant res­i­dents had to use wa­ter from the over­head tank.

“We have to fil­ter and then boil the wa­ter. Wash­ing clothes us­ing wa­ter from the tank changes their colour,” said Ra­madas. Three mo­tors which pumped wa­ter to the 60-kilo­litre tank were ei­ther dam­aged or in­ef­fi­cient.

Dis­turbed over hav­ing no choice but to use the im­pure wa­ter and so risk­ing their health, Ra­madas and his wife went to the pan­chayat of­fice. As the clerk was not avail­able, they went to the Rev­enue of­fice and were un­able to meet the of­fi­cial con­cerned. The cou­ple was then in­formed that Vi­jayabaskar was at a school nearby. “We had with us the tur­bid wa­ter in a bot­tle along with the pe­ti­tion re­quest­ing of­fi­cials to fix the prob­lem. We ex­plained our plight to him and he called a DRDA of­fi­cial to fix the is­sue,” said Ra­madas. Af­ter sub­mit­ting the pe­ti­tion signed by the Min­is­ter to Rev­enue of­fi­cials, when the cou­ple re­turned home, they found them in­ves­ti­gat­ing the is­sue.

A man with con­tam­i­nated wa­ter

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