Borewells to be sunk to augment water supply

Water from the Cauvery is not enough for the city

Dedicated water supply scheme already sanctioned, It has been delayed by administrative issues

SALEM: To meet the drinking water scarcity, Salem Corporation has undertaken the massive work of sinking 93 borewells at places where the water problem is acute in the city.

For more water: Work on sinking borewells in progress at Maruthi Nagar in Salem on Thursday.- Photo: P. Goutham

Though the city is being supplied with water from Cauvery, it is not enough for the burgeoning population.

The government has already sanctioned a dedicated water supply scheme for Salem city alone with source again at Cauvery.

But technical and administrative issues plague the scheme, which is getting delayed further.

As the district and city have already been reeling under severe drought like situation, Tamil Nadu Government under a special sanctioning has sanctioned a sum of Rs. 2 crore for the Corporation to sink borewells in the city.

The issue also drew heated debate on the floor of the recent council meeting with councillors from all parties including DMK voicing their concern over the delay in utilizing the State fund and sinking borewells.

Responding to their demands, the Corporation officials had identified 93 places in which they started the work of sinking borewells at a total cost of Rs. 1.10 crore.

Corporation Commissioner K. S. Palanisamy and other senior officials supervised the works of the first borewell being sunk at the Mannarpalayam Pirivu-Puduvalavau area here.

The Commissioner said that the works of all 93 bore wells would be completed by this month end.

Other works such as laying pipelines and erecting plastic tanks also had been taken up simultaneously, he pointed out.

Councillors and other senior officials accompanied the Commissioner on the supervisory visit.


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