Water quality worsens in Sholai Nagar – தாகம் தீர்க்கும் கோட்டக்குப்பம்

A resident of Sholai Nagar showing the salty water supplied to her area.

Water quality worsens in Sholai Nagar

The condition of several dwelling units has worsened due to corrosion

The quality of the piped water supplied to the residents of a coastal hamlet at Sholai Nagar (North) has deteriorated further, forcing the residents to take to the streets to condemn the authorities’ apathy in addressing their long-pending grievance.  

The complaints of the residents are not confined to the poor quality of water. The condition of several dwelling units has also worsened due to corrosion. 

Sholai Nagar is among the areas in the urban limits of Puducherry with high levels of Total Dissolved Solids (TDS). A study conducted by the Public Health wing of the Public Works Department in 2019 found that the TDS level in Sholai Nagar had crossed 2,000 parts per million (ppm).

In certain localities, the TDS level had even touched 3,000 ppm. The acceptable range of TDS for drinking water is 500 ppm, a PWD official said, adding that anything beyond 2,000 ppm was not consumable.

Coinciding with the Water Day celebrations on March 22, a section of residents, with the support of the local leadership of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), took out a march to Raj Nivas to highlight the poor quality of the water supplied to the area.

According to Maheswari, a resident, successive governments have failed to address the problem. “We were forced to join the agitation as the quality of water is deteriorating day by day. We cannot consume the water or use [it] for cooking. Even milk boiled with a small amount of piped water get spoilt,” she said.

“The rice cooked using the water stinks after a few hours,” she added.

People had to travel to Kottakuppam to get RO water, said R. Saravanan.

“A majority of the people residing in the locality are economically deprived. For every 20 litres of can water procured from the RO plant at Kottakuppam, we have to shell out ₹5 and sometimes pay for transporting the cans. It is not economically viable to buy water every day,” said Nagamathi, another resident of Sholai Nagar.

She said even the washing machine would get affected by the poor quality of water. Most of the houses, she said, had developed cracks and spalling on the ceiling. “Life has become difficult. We are not able to consume safe water and reside in the house without fear due to the dilapidated condition of the building,” Maheswari said.

State secretary of the CPI(M), R. Rajangam, said the government’s priority should be to provide basic amenities, including potable water. Efforts should be made to provide clean, piped water to every household in the Union Territory, he said. “If the situation persists, everyone in Puducherry will have to depend on can water,” he added.

News credit: The Hindu

செய்திகள் குறித்த கருத்துக்களைப் பதிவு செய்யும்போது, எவருடைய மனதையும் புண்படுத்தாத வகையில், நாகரிகமான முறையில் உங்கள் கருத்துகள் இருக்க வேண்டும் என்று எதிர்பார்க்கிறோம். மேலும் தெரிவிக்கும் கருத்துக்கள், உரிய முறையில் தணிக்கை செய்யப்பட்டே வெளியி‌டப்படுகின்றன.இருப்பினும் இந்த பகுதியில் வெளியாகும் கருத்துக்கள் எவருடைய மனதையாவது புண்படுத்துவதாக கருதினால், அவர்கள் தங்கள் கருத்தாக அதைப் பதிவு செய்தால், அதைப் பரிசீலித்து, அந்த குறிப்பிட்ட கருத்தை தேவைப்பட்டால் திருத்தி வெளியிட உரிய முயற்சி மேற்கொள்ளப்படும். எனினும் இந்த பகுதியில் வெளியாகும் கருத்துக்கள், அவர்களுடைய கருத்துக்களே; அதற்கு இந்த இணையத்தளம் எந்த வகையிலும் பொறுப்பேற்க இயலாது.

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