Siddapur residents stage protest, seek safe drinking water

The residents of Siddapur in the taluk staged a protest by holding empty pots in front of GP office on Monday, demanding a purified drinking water unit to the village. The agitating villagers complained that the incedence of fluoride in the groundwater of the village is high and that many people, elderly persons and children in particular, are suffering from fluorises, joint pains and several other diseases. Around 155 children are pursuing their school education in the government school at the village. Besides, 30 kids are enrolled at anganwadi centres. Most of the children are suffering fluoride-related diseases like thin enamel and yellow teeth.

The water situation in the village is such that, the villagers are forced to fetch safe drinking water from Madhugiri town, the protesters said. They urged the gram panchayat authorities to take necessary steps to set up a purified drinking water unit in the village. The agitators further said that the residents of ward number one at the village are put to hardship due to irregular drinking water supply. They urged the gram panchayat authorities to lay pipeline and supply drinking water to ward number one.

Gram panchayat president Manjula Ashwathnarayana and PDO Lakshman told the agitating villagers that two water tanks with 7,000 litre capacity have been set up in the village already. In the next three months, a safe drinking water unit with an installed capacity of 20,000 litres will be set up. The protesters relented after the gram panchayat president and PDO made assurances. Members of Sanjeevini Gram Panchayat Union Sharadamma, Manjulamma, Lalitamma, Manglamma, Rangashamaiah, Lakshmipati, Nagaraju and others took part in the protest.

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