Salem: Water scarcity issue takes centre stage at Corporation meet

SALEM: The issue over water scarcity took centre stage at the Salem Corporation council meeting here on Friday with councillors from All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) staging a novel protest by wearing black shirts and covering their mouths with pieces of black cloth.

AIADMK’s ward 38 councillor J. Manickam however went a step further by entering the council hall with two men wearing uniforms similar to that of security black cats. Both carried toy guns.

Danger

Manickam said that his life was in danger since the residents in his ward were ‘very upset and angry’ as he could not provide them water.

They might manhandle him at any time, he feared. Police however removed the two men from the Corporation premises after breaking their toy guns.

AIADMK whip Balasubramaniam said that the city was under the severe grip of water scarcity.

He claimed that the supply was erratic and scarce.

People had started agitating for water every day.

The civic body had failed to take any action in this regard.

“We have to face the ire of the people in our wards. The issue which is vital should be immediately solved,” he demanded.

Reacting to the allegations, DMK’s zonal chairman Natesan said that it was the DMK government, which during 1996-2001, had initiated a separate water supply schemes for Salem and Attur.

But the subsequent AIADMK government had failed to execute the same.

“That is why we face the problem today,” he claimed. The AIADMK members strongly objected to it.

Replying, Commissioner K. S. Palanisamy said that steps had been taken to address the issue seriously.

A committee also was formed exclusively to deal with the water issue.

The TWAD Board was undertaking repair and maintenance works in the Mettur pipeline and the supply would be restored to normalcy soon.

Further, the State had also sanctioned Rs. 2 crore to mitigate the water problem in the district, he added.

Mayor J. Rekha Priyadarshini said that the Salem Dedicated Water Supply Scheme would be taken up shortly.

Once the project was completed, Salem city would not face the water shortage.

The council also discussed other civic issues including sanitation and garbage removal.

From THE HINDU

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