Thanichayam panchayat residents demand reverse osmosis plant

Residents of Krishnapuram and nearby villages in Thanichayam panchayat in Kadaladi block on Monday staged a protest in front of the Collectorate here, demanding drinking water. They came with empty pots and push carts.

K. Pachammal, a trade union leader who led the protest, said more than 500 households in T Krishnapuram and several hundred people in nearby villages struggled to get drinking water after groundwater sources turned saline and supply of water under the Cauvery combined water supply scheme became erratic.

He said women walked three to five km up to Valinokkam junction with ‘five pots push carts’ and fetched water, leaking from water pipelines. Two women were fatally knocked down by a vehicle when they were pushing the carts at the early hours of July 5.

After police denied them entry into the collectorate, the villagers staged protest in front of the collectorate. They demanded a reverse osmosis plant in the village and dispersed after A. Chelladurai, Assistant Director of Panchayats, assured them supply of drinking water.

Meanwhile, R. Selvaraj, husband of Ramayee, one of the two women fatally knocked down, urged the Collector to provide him solatium under the Chief Minister’s general relief fund.

He said he had no children and was living alone after his wife’s death.

K. Kanji, husband of the other woman victim Angammal, also sought assistance under the Chief Minister’s general relief fund.

He said he was living alone after his wife’s death as their daughter was married and living separately.

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