Salem Residents: Give us water

Fill these pots: Residents of Kamaraj Colony in ward-16 in Salem staging road blockade on Thursday demanding adequate supply of water. - Photo: E. Lakshmi Narayanan

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Salem: Sewage and slush make life miserable for residents

Sivadapuram Indira Nagar in Salem lacks drainage facilities

SALEM: The standard of living for the residents of Sivadapuram Indira Nagar in Ward 22 here is abominable.

In bad shape:The Sivadapuram Indira Nagar Road in Salem needs immediate attention. Photo: P. Goutham

Slush and sewage waters have rendered the Indira Nagar Road a cesspool, forcing the residents, all poor labourers, to undergo untold sufferings. The road connects important places such as Bodinaickenpatti and Andipatti, which hundreds of vehicles and people use daily.

The colony also lacks drainage facility. This has led to sewers on the road and streets.

Mosquitoes and flies are not uncommon visitors here.

Health hazard

They swarm the entire area causing serious health hazard to all. “Since we are all poor people, the authorities concerned are not showing any interest to provide us the basic amenities,” says a 60-year-old woman.

The worst sufferers are school-going children.

Salem Corporation’s Higher and Elementary schools are functioning in the locality.

“But to reach them is a nightmare,” says a teacher who commutes from the heart of the city.

Many of them abstain from classes during rainy season.

“How do you expect us to go there in knee-deep slush and dirt?” she asks.

The residents insist that the civic body must come to their rescue as early as possible.

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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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Salem: Who cares of dumping Garbage!

Needs action:Despite Salem Corporation's instruction not to dump garbage, many shop keepers and hoteliers on Advaitha Ashram Road dump garbage. — Photo: P. Goutham

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Heavy rain lashes Salem; trees uprooted

Power supply disrupted for several hours

The impact:Many trees were uprooted as heavy rain with strong winds lashed Salem on Thursday. — Photo: P Goutham.

SALEM: Many huge trees were uprooted and power remained interrupted for long hours when rain accompanied by heavy wind lashed the city and its suburbs on Wednesday night bringing a respite to its citizens from the sweltering heat.

The rain lasted for an hour or so inundated low lying areas.

Six trees at Maravaneri Extension and trees at Town Railway Station, Anaimedu, Manal Market, Five Roads, Fairlands and Four Roads fell bringing down with them overhead high tension power cables thus plunging many parts of the city into darkness for nearly an hour.

Advertisement and other hoardings also fell at many places in the city.

Thammampatti, Mecheri and other suburban towns also received heavy rainfall. Traffic also was disrupted at many places following the overflowing sewers.

In Yercaud, power remained disrupted till Thursday morning.

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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.

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Salem: Sudden showers

Pleasant surprise:Rain lashed Salem and suburbs on Monday morning giving people a respite from heat. — Photo: P. Goutham

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