Agitations for water continue in Salem

Residents block traffic; stage dharna in front of Corporation office demanding water

SALEM: The stir for water continues in Salem city and its suburbs unabated.

All for water:People of Chinnakollapatti Periyar Nagar and cadres of CPI(M) staging a dharna in front of the Salem Corporation on Monday demanding water. — Photos: E. Lakshmi Narayanan

On Monday, hundreds of residents from Karukkalpatti and Kalignara Nagar and others in Wards 56 and 57 blocked the traffic on Tiruchy Main Road since morning demanding water.

The women and children carried empty pots and raised slogans against the Salem Corporation for not providing them the basic need.

They charged that they had been fighting for water on earlier occasions too. “Since the start of the summer, we have been asking them to provide adequate water. But they have not. In fact we staged demonstrations and agitations on earlier occasions too. The officials came and assured us to do the needful. But they did not,” said a woman.

The residents complained that the civic authority had not supplied water to them for the last 15 days. “How can we survive without water in this scorching summer,” they questioned. Officials rushed to the spot and pacified them.

Meanwhile, CPI (M) staged an agitation in front of the office of the Salem Corporation demanding public tap for the people of Thanthai Periyar Nagar at Chinnakollapatti immediately.

Led by 6 {+t} {+h} division secretary of CPI (M) M. Arumugam, the cadres in agitation claimed that a tank was established to supply water to the people of 25 streets in Periyar Nagar. But the Corporation had not provided pipe connections so far thus depriving the citizens of water. They urged the authorities to redress the grievance immediately.

Frontline leaders including CPI district secretary M. Rajagopal, West Urban secretary M. Sethu Madavan and others spoke.

From THE HINDU

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