Drinking water supply is sufficient in Thanjavur

Three motors from Vandikara Street and Anna Nagar seized

THANJAVUR: There was no drinking water problem in Thanjavur Municipal area and 30 million litres per day is supplied from Vennar and Thirumanur pumping stations and from local sources like borewells, said Kamaraj, Municipal Engineer, here on Wednesday.

Replying to Irai Karkuzhali, councillor, who raised the issue of drinking water and wanted to know how much water is supplied, Mr. Kamaraj said that the present supply is sufficient for the municipality and in fact per capita supply in Thanjavur is more than water supplied in other municipalities.

Sadasivam, councillor, wanted to know whether action has been taken against those who illegally pump drinking water using motors. The engineer said that three motors from Vandikara street and Anna Nagar have been seized. Subramanyam, councillor, said that verification by officials for issue of new ration cards in Thanjavur Municipal area is not done properly.

So many consumers have not got their ration cards.

Ration card verification

There are 62 ration shops in municipal area and ration card verification should be done. To this Commissioner, Nadarajan, said that the work is related to Revenue Department. It has to be appealed to the Collector and District Supply Officer.

New rates fixed

The municipality adopted resolution approving new rates fixed for giving permission for construction of buildings in the municipal area. Thenmozhi Jayabal, Chairperson, presided over the meeting.


Parched Delhi may go Singapore way, drink drain water

NEW DELHI: Soon,as is prevalent in Singapore,Delhiites may be consuming treated sewage water.Delhi Jal Board (DJB) officials say that the proposal,part of the water master plan 2021,could become necessary for the city in view of its dependency on other states for its water supply.Work on the master plan is already underway and it should be ready by September this year.

Senior officials said that technology was available in the market and that it was only a question of investing a substantial amount of money on the project. Bangalore is about to implement the scheme soon.Delhi has to seriously consider adopting it too.In future,when it wont be possible to build more treatment plants,when cost of transmission,land acquisition and pumping would get very high,we would be forced to utilize available resources.The treatment cost would not be more than Rs 40 per kilolitre.The present cost of water is Rs 8 per kl but if we add to it the added costs of transmission and setting up of plants,it works to about the same amount, said sources.

Officials said with about 350 million gallons per day (MGD) of sewage being generated each day,they would be able to salvage about 200 MGD for drinking purpose. The technology is already in use in Singapore,and Saudi Arabia too is going in for it.Delhiites must understand that there is not enough water for the fast growing population and alternative means would only include recycling of waste.Initially,we will begin with a small quantity but gradually try to treat as much sewage as possible, said sources.

Due to space constraints in the city,construction of underground reservoirs may also not be a possibility in future,specially in congested areas like the Walled City.In that case,the masterplan also includes a provision for microtunnelling as is done in Mumbai. Instead of underground reservoirs,we will bore tunnels for water storage.In Mumbai,there is a tunnel about 1.5km long and about 70m under the ground.In Delhi,that might be the only possibility left, said an official.

Sources also revealed that any future underground reservoirs would also be concentrated in and around west Delhi. First,west and northwest have water deficiency.Second,in view of disaster management practices,we cannot have all underground reservoirs in one area, said sources.


Chennai: Drinking water schemes for municipalities, town panchayats

The Melur Combined Water Supply scheme has been extended

CHENNAI: Deputy Chief Minister M.K. Stalin announced in the Assembly on Monday a slew of drinking water schemes for various municipalities, town panchayats and rural habitations. Replying to a discussion on demands on the Municipal Administration and Water Supply Department, Mr.Stalin said a new drinking water scheme at a cost of Rs. 36.66 core would be implemented with the assistance of a German bank for the Tiruvannamalai Municipality. The same bank would provide necessary assistance to the Kadayanallur drinking water supply scheme to be implemented at a cost of Rs. 21.40 crore.

A detailed project report had been prepared for drinking water supply schemes for the Kovilpatti and Kayalpatanam municipalities at Rs. 80 crore and Rs. 30 crore respectively and steps would be taken to implement them once the source for financing the projects are finalised.

A combined drinking water supply scheme for the Vellore Corporation, six municipalities, 5 town panchayats and 64 wayside hamlets was prepared by the TWAD Board at a cost of Rs 1,400 crore, which would provide 150 million litres of water a day. Now the cost of the scheme had been revised to Rs. 1,500 crore to provide 270 million litres. The HUDCO had agreed to finance the scheme.

The Melur Combined Water Supply scheme, announced in 2008-09, had been extended to provide water supply to 12,15,000 people. The project would now cost Rs. 806 crore and the funding agency would be the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission.

A Rs. 572-crore combined water supply scheme for 7 town panchayats and 11 panchayat unions in Virudhunagar district, Rs. 127.50-crore scheme for 1,130 villages in various panchayat unions in Pudukottai district and Rs. 22-crore scheme for 204 rural habitations in Tiruchi district were also announced by the Deputy Chief Minister in the Assembly.


Dindigul: Water cited as cause for urological disorders

DINDIGUL: People residing at Kottaipatti village at Kalikkampatti panchayat in Athoor taluk have been struggling with urology disorders including kidney stones, one of the most painful of the disorders owing to supply of poor quality of drinking water and chemical contaminated ground water sources.

One member in every fourth family had kidney stones. Three to four members in a single family had kidney stone and other such disorders, said the local people.

Residents of Kottaipatti village thronging the Collectorate in Dindigul on Monday demanding protected drinking water.

Hand over petition

Hundreds of residents, who thronged the Collectorate to hand over a petition to the Collector at the grievance day meeting here on Monday, explained their pathetic condition to the Collector.

The ground water and drinking water at this village had chemicals including calcium and other salts beyond permissible levels.

This could be the reason for the pathetic health condition of people at this village, petitioners added.

They also informed the Collector that the matter was brought to the notice of the block development officer and to the panchayat president. Nothing had been done so far.

“We have been demanding for protected supply of drinking water for the past several years. No one took any initiative in this connection. Already, one generation has lost their health. Now, the next generation too has started suffering. If the government failed to take some concrete steps to change the condition of ground water or supply protected drinking water, entire population of this village will die one after another owing to kidney problems,” the worried villagers said.

Inspection ordered

Collector M. Vallalar immediately deputed an officer in the rank of an assistant director to inspect the village and submit a report for immediate action.

Mr. Vallalar also advised for testing the water samples to know the real reason behind the health problems faced by the local people in the village.


TN to take up drinking water projects worth Rs 3385 crore

The Tamil Nadu government will take up drinking water projects worth Rs 3,384.84 crore across the state. While some of the projects will be funded by foreign banks like Germany-based KFW, the remaining will be taken up along with Centre and through internal funding.

Addressing the Assembly on Monday, deputy chief minister MK Stalin said the government would implement a drinking water scheme in Vellore district at a cost of Rs 1,800 crore. The project was earlier estimated at Rs 1,400 crore. The capacity has also been revised to 270 million litres per day from 150 million litres.

The proposed scheme will have Cauvery as its water source. The project would benefit six corporations, five town panchayats and 64 villages in the district.

Housing and Urban Development Corporation Limited will provide Rs 1,500 crore. Stalin said, “We are looking for funds to expedite the project.”

Similarly, the government will take up drinking water projects in Virunagar, Pudukottai, Kovilpatti, Kayalpatti, Tiruvanamallai, Pudukottai and Chennai for Rs 1,000 crore.

The state government along with the Centre will also take up water connectivity projects for 7,000 rural households with an outlay of around Rs 380.61 crore, said Stalin.


Dindigul: Drinking water being wasted

DINDIGUL: While residents in Dindigul and nearby areas have been running from pillar to post for a pot of drinking water or chasing water lorries in street corners for water, a large quantum of drinking water has been flowing like channels on several streets within municipal limits, owing to frequent breaches developed in drinking water main pipelines and the “lethargic attitude” of the municipal administration in plugging them.

Breaches developed in more than four spots in Vivekenanandha Nagar and two places on Thiruchi main road and one place on West Rath Street in the past four days.

Even today, water was flooding the road at Vivekanandha Nagar, owing to a big breach in the pipeline.

It was a common sight in several places in the town, said local residents.

Already, the Dindigul municipality had been struggling to maintain drinking water supply to several areas.

Water supply was being maintained at least once in a week to major areas and once in 10 or 12 days to high ridge areas.


People in some wards even picketed roads condemning no supply of water to their wards for the past 20 days. Even before the commencement of peak summer, storage in the Athoor dam has come down sharply.

If the mercury level increased in April and in May, Kamarajar dam in Athoor, lifeline of Dindigul, Chinnalapatti and 17 wayside villages, would be dried up. Then the supply wells around the reservoir too would not come to the rescue.

Haphazard completion of the underground drainage project was the main reason for the pathetic condition. Damage of pipelines while digging was not repaired properly, complained the local people.

When the municipality released water, weak and damaged pipes were broken, owing to heavy water pressure.

Large quantum of water drained through broken pipes. Ultimately, the residents did not get water.

The Dindigul municipality pays least attention to plug the breaches in the pipelines, alleged the local people.

Residents of Ramanathapuram and Marudhanikulam picketed R.M. Colony Main Road here on Tuesday, condemning inordinate delay in supply of water.

One bore well that met their demands too dried up. Water supply was not made for the past 15 days.


Coimbatore: Drinking water position comfortable

COIMBATORE: The water position in the Siruvani Dam is comfortable as of now. It is, in fact, three feet higher than the level in mid-February last year. Yet, the Coimbatore Corporation advises caution on the part of the people. Water supply officials say that the harsh part of the summer is yet to begin and that the present water level is no reason to indulge in reckless use.

The water level in the dam on Tuesday was nearly 37 ft, as against the full reservoir level of 49.35 ft. Officials point out that the level is nearly three feet higher than the ones over the last three years (2007 to 2009).

A combination of good rain and restricted supply through last year has enabled the maintaining of a comfortable level till now. The catchment and dam received 3,770 mm rain in 2007, 2,168 in 2008 and 2,925 in 2009. Though the cumulative rainfall (South West Monsoon, North-East Monsoon, summer showers and low pressure-induced) in 2009 was 845 mm less than in 2007, the water level as of February 23 is higher by two feet. The continuance of alternate day supply in the city despite the dam being full for a few months is said to be one of the major reasons behind a reasonably good storage at this point of time.

But, the consumption usually goes up during summer and this phase is yet to begin. March and April will be a real test for the local bodies’ supply tightening skills and the people’s ability to use drinking water judiciously, the officials say.

Unlike in the past, the Pilloor scheme will not come to the rescue of the western parts of the city if there is a shortage in Siruvani supply.

K.V. Prasad From THE HINDU