Drinking water not available, only contaminated

Water in Bagepalli

Drinking water mixed with sewage on Kottappalli Road in Bagepalli town. DH Photo

The people of Bagepalli town are reeling under severe drinking water crisis. Apart from irregular water supply, they are now faced with another problem.

For the last few days, they have been getting contaminated water supply. Water mixed with sewage is being supplied to them which have been posing health problems to the residents.

In the last 20 days, the residents of Kottapalli Road have been receiving drinking water mixed with sewage. Amid all this the Town Municipal Council is least bothered with the problems faced by the residents.

Generally, the water released from the Chitravathi barrage to the town is supplied to the drinking water purification unit in the town and then it is further supplied to the town. But in the last few days, water is being directly supplied to Bagepalli, without being purified.

To make matters worse, the construction of the drainage system beside the drinking water supplying pipes has lead to the sewage gushing into the drinking water pipeline. Thus, contaminated water is being supplied to the residents, giving way to the spread of various diseases.

Apart from receiving muddy water in their taps the residents are also worried that the water stinks, making it extremely difficult for other utilities, forget drinking.

When the TMC officials were informed about the problems faced by the Kottapalli Road residents, the officials assured to look into the matter. It is almost four days since the residents have complained and the officials are yet to look into the matter, said English lecturer at the National College, Subramanyanium.

On deaf ears

Inspite of staging several dharnas and protests by the various associations and organisations, political parties and forums, nothing has been done by the TMC to initiate measures.

According to DYFI district president Channarayappa, the TMC officials and the elected representatives are supposed to visit each and every ward in the town, at least once in a month.

“Even if they respond to our problems it is more than sufficient. There are 23 wards in Bagepalli and all pipelines which supply water to the residents are laid beside the drainage system,” he adds.

Unfortunately, even the public borewells are sunk beside the drainage system, thus making the water unfit for consumption.
It is high time some serious measures were taken to mitigate this problem, say the residents.

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