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New Washermanpet tail-end areas get erratic water supply

CHENNAI, MARCH 20. There are more 'to let' boards visible at the New Washermanpet area than probably any other part of the city. Especially along the Market Farm area and the adjoining Irussapa Maistry street and Ponnuswamy street.

In the last couple of months alone, several families have vacated their houses and more are waiting till their children complete their final examinations. For nearly five years, these "tail-end" areas have received only erratic supply of water through pipelines.

But the real nail in the coffin has been hit in the recent weeks. Despite the official resumption of piped water supply to other parts of the city, the residents here still wait for water tankers. The groundwater is too saline for consumption and ironically, the Tondiarpet region, which is just a few hundred metres away, receives systematic supply through pipes.

"Water supply through pipes is almost a lost cause for us. Since 1995, we have had a very erratic supply. Officials explain that we are in the tail-end of the supply chain. The Government now claims that there is enough water in the lakes and even the Krishna water has arrived. But for us the situation has hardly changed", says the secretary of Market Farm Welfare Association secretary, M Edward.

A group of angry residents, consisting mostly of women, marched to the local Metrowater office to register their complaint on Monday. Most of them were fed up waiting next to water pumps during odd hours for supply to resume.

"Sometimes, the water reaches a few households at the beginning of the street. That too around midnight. Due to lack of pressure most of the houses do not receive any piped water", says Ahmed Fauzia, a resident of Venkatesan Street.

The residents also feel that they were better off during the drought situation last year, when the entire city water supply was made through tankers.

"At least then, the tankers were making daily trips. Now it is reduced to alternate days," says D.Soundarajan, a 79-year-old retired government employee. Due to his age, he cannot carry pots to the tankers, and pays the nearby slum dwellers a "fee" every day to fetch him water.

Some of the residents are enraged over the recent Metrowater notice asking them to pay their water and sewerage tax and water charges. "The letters promptly reached us through couriers this Sunday. It is amazing that the Government expects us to pay despite the deficiency in service," says R.Muthappa, a resident of Irusappa Maistry Second Street.

Meanwhile, Metrowater officials clarified that there were some "defective" pockets in New Washermanpet. The government agency was undertaking some inter-linking works near Tondiarpet Railway crossing near Vaidyanathan Street. Once the works were completed, the present affected areas will start receiving piped water supply through Patel Nagar Pumping Station, an official said.

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