Residents flay supply of contaminated water

not potable:Residents of ward 21 of Virudhunagar town displaying contaminated water.

VIRUDHUNAGAR: Residents of ward 21 of Virudhunagar town have complained of sewage mixing with drinking water supplied through pipeline.

The residents fumed that drinking water was being supplied only two times a month in the town.

And even that little water was not usable for any purpose, a resident said.

Stating that chikungunya broke out in the area few months back, they fear of falling victim to diarrhoea due to water contamination.

The problem was prevalent in Marimuthu lane, Ramasamy lane, Andichiamman lane, Poosari lane and Kuppaiah lane, they said.

The ward councillor, N. Thangapandiammal, said she had complained about the issue to the administration two months back.

But no concrete action has been taken so far.

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10 lakh saplings planted in Virudhunagar

Replacement saplings available

VIRUDHUNAGAR: A total of 10,13,643 saplings were planted in Virudhunagar district during the mass plantation drive conducted on June 5.

In a statement, District Revenue Officer B. Ganesan said enumerators appointed on the day had verified and got acknowledgement from the people for having planted this many saplings.

The district administration was able to ready 2.10 lakh of coconut, 3.35 lakh of teak, 4.45 lakh of gooseberry and 84,000 of guava saplings, totalling to 11,24,000.

However, a total of 10,06,296 saplings were taken to different distribution centres in the district.

These saplings, distributed to those who had not dug the pits and not kept ready the sticks and gunny bags to make tree guards, were retrieved and distributed to others who showed interest, Mr. Ganesan said.

With lot of enthusiasm showed by the people for the drive, additional 39,000 coconut saplings brought from Dharmapuri and 20,000 saplings of neem, pungan, casuarina and teak from Sevalur nursery were distributed.

Out of the total 10,65,296 saplings distributed, the enumerators – teachers and village administrative officers – got acknowledgement from people for having planted 10,13,543.

Mr. Ganesan said that for the remaining five per cent of the saplings either the acknowledgement was not obtained from the people or could have been damaged in transit.

The DRO said that people who had failed to register their names in the initial stage, but had dug pits could get the saplings from Sevalur nursery, where another 30,000 saplings were kept ready.

Interested people may get it through the Panchayat Presidents or Village Administrative Officers or contact 04562-252804.

All the saplings planted during the drive that fail would be replaced, Mr. Ganesan said.

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Drinking water supply affected due to lack of coordination

Between National Highways Authority of India, Virudhunagar Municipality

VIRUDHUNAGAR: An innocuous mistake in failing to “effectively” coordinate with the National Highways Authority of India officials by the Virudhunagar municipal officials has affected drinking water supply to the local body for months together.

Adding to the woes: Drawing of water from Ondipuli water body remains suspended for months owing to technical fault. — Photo: S. James

Even as the local body is managing to supply only half of the required quantum of water to the town, it is unable to draw water from Ondipuli water body as the pipe line has been frequently bursting ever since it was re-laid by the NHAI officials over a year back.

The result: the town is losing around six lakh litres of water daily even though the erstwhile quarry site has plenty of water. “We have water for around 80-foot deep, but are not able to draw it every day,” a councillor said.

Municipal sources said that the officials of the local body failed to inform the NHAI authorities about the pipeline running along the Madurai-Tirunelveli highway for around 6 km from near the district sports stadium up to Inamreddiyapatti junction. “When the roadside was dug up for widening, the pipeline was broken. After much struggle, we made them re-lay the pipeline, which was not properly supervised by our officials,” an insider said.

“The pipeline was laid on the rocky bed without providing any sand cushion. Besides, the alignment is not proper leading to frequent bursts,” the Chairperson, K. Karthik, said. He said that the Collector, Sigy Thomas Vaidhyan, has promised to allocate Rs. 50 lakh for re-doing the work on receipt of Drought Relief Fund.

A councillor said that the Ondipuli water would have provided some relief as water was being supplied only once in 8 to 9 days. “We are not getting the due share even from the Tamiraparani combined drinking water scheme. The designed supply should be 47 lakh litres per day. But, till date it has not crossed 25 lakh litres on a single day. It is highly undependable as it sometimes fails for two or three days,” he said.

However, the Chairman said that the town was in a better position these days, when compared to supply of water once in 21 days. “We are trying to put up some water treatment plants to treat ground water drawn from borewells and wells so that residents get tastier water,” she said. The Virudhunagar Municipal Engineer said that air-valves were being fitted to prevent bursting of pipelines and he expected that continuous supply of water would be possible from February 15. Residents feel that the problem should be set right before the summer sets in.

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VIRUDHUNAGAR: Water released from Pilavakkal dam

VIRUDHUNAGAR: Minister for Backward Classes Welfare K.K.S.S.R. Ramachandran inaugurated the release of water from Pilavakkal dam for irrigation on Saturday.

The Minister promised the farmers of 7,218 acres of land in Srivilliputtur and Sivakasi taluks that water would be supplied to all the system tanks depending on the rainfall. A total of 164 mcft of water was available in the dam. Initially, 300 cusecs of water would be released for one week to fill nine tanks.

Collector Sigy Thomas Vaidhyan, Srivilliputtur MLA T. Ramasamy, Public Works Department Executive Engineer of Upper Vaippar Basin Division P. Thyagarajan were present.

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Periyar Dam Water Level: Thursday, Nov 12, 2009

MADURAI: Water level in the Periyar dam on Wednesday stood at 132.40 feet (136 feet) with an inflow of 2,868 cusecs and a discharge of 1,418 cusecs.

The level in the Vaigai dam was 68.24 feet (71 feet) with an inflow of 4,516 cusecs and a discharge of 1,960 cusecs. The combined Periyar credit stood at 7,290 mcft.

Kallandiri recorded 32 mm of rainfall followed by Melur 25, Periyar dam 14, Thaniyamangalam 10.5, Sittampatti and Pulipatti 10 mm each, Peranai and Madurai 8.2 mm each, Vaigai dam 8, Idayapatti 6.4, Tekkadi and Manajalar dam 6 mm each, Kuppanampatti 3.2, Marudhanadi 3, Sattiyar dam 2, Gudalur 1.2, and Uthamapalayam 1 mm.

Virudhunagar

Aruppukottai recorded 32.4, Sattur 4, Kariyapatti 1.8 and Vembakottai 1 mm.

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