Severe Water Crisis In Residential Colonies At Karimam
On Mar 09, 2014
|Trivandrum: Two residential colonies, Arakathe Residents Association (ARA) and Edagramom Residents Association (ERA), near Karimam are facing severe water crisis since the last one and a half months. The residents, left with no choice, were forced to dig wells or bore wells. Most of the houses are left with little space after they have made arrangements for water.
Gopakumar, a contractor, lives with his wife and two children. Living in the same compound are his father and mother with his sister and her child. They had dug a well 30 years ago. From day one the well’s water is murky and had a nascent odour. There is no need to say that water is not potable.
Now, both families are dependent on the water connection given from the water authority which is hardly available to them. Gopakumar says, “Water comes once in three days. Then, also, it is not enough to fill an average sized bucket. We are forced to use water from other houses.”
A house is being built adjacent to where Gopakumar lives. Their newly dug well also has the same kind of water.
This reporter visited another house that has dug a well only last month. The owner of the house was visibly angry. She said, “Where were you when we had no water. No one came to help us for the last three years. We were left with no choice but to dig a well in our small compound. And now you are coming with your camera to take photographs.”
Madhu Sudhanan Nair, ARA’s secretary, says, “Since one and a half months there is not a drop of water in the water supply lines. Even before that, water was scarce. We complained to our councillor and the Kerala Water Authority (KWA) officials but to no avail. Our councillor Adv. C Sindhu suggested that a water line be extended from the water tank that stores water from Vellayani lake. But KWA officials said that it could not be done for one single ward. At least six wards are required and, further, they need Government’s sanction.” He added, “The water from Vellayani Lake is being pumped to Kovalam and Vizhinjam while our residential colonies, which are much nearer to the lake, are longing for water.”
|Sreekantan Nair, ARA’s president, says, “We were told by KWA officials that their motor is not working. Later, they said, there is water shortage in Karamana River. But even when Karamana River was overflowing there was no water supply here. Thus, both these excuses are not valid. It is a lapse from KWA’s part. After the formation of a new committee of our resident’s association we are planning a picketing in front of KWA’s office and also road blockade.”
Councillor of Pappanamcode, S Rathi Devi, says, “Edagramom residents never had water in summer season. Under the leadership of MLA V Sivankutty we are looking for solutions. We are considering two options. One is to extend connection from Kaimanam. Otherwise, we can do the same with Punchakkari pipeline. KWA officials have promised to do something within ten days. I expect that a solution to the problem can be arrived at in a month.”
One wonders why such promises were not made a few months back.