Tirupur: The delay in executing Water Supply Improvement Scheme (WSIS) in added wards of the city corporation has become a cause of worry for the residents, as they fear drinking water shortage ahead of the summer season.
Due to poor distribution system, the corporation always found it difficult to supply enough water on time in the 36 annexed wards, which have four lakh residents.
The annexed areas have 260 overhead tanks, with capacities ranging from 10,000lt to 60,000lt. But they are not sufficient to supply water to the growing population. Moreover, water is distributed to most of the areas using two-inch diameter pipes.
The government had launched the Rs 250-crore WSIS under the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) scheme to solve water crisis.
Under the scheme, 26 overhead tanks with capacities ranging from 15,00,000lt to 26,00,000lt, 14 new sumps and bigger pipelines were expected to set up. The works began in the beginning of 2018 and was scheduled to be completed in June this year. But only 40% works have been completed so far.
“The civic body is supplying drinking water only once in two weeks, that too only for one-and-a-half hour. As a result, people are forced to buy water. Many families spend Rs 1,000-2,000 per month on water,” former councillor S Govindaraj said.
Meanwhile, a senior corporation official said the works will be completed on time. “We are supplying drinking water in tanker lorries in annexed areas and other areas facing water shortage,” he told TOI.