The inmates of the sixteen-floored apartment are yet to receive water connection for the past five years.
The president of the Metrozone Residents Welfare Association, Sathyamoorthy, said, “Throughout the year, we completely rely on water tankers to meet our water needs. The monthly expenditure to purchase water comes up to around Rs 7,000. For all these years, the builder of the society took care of all the maintenance works including the management of the water bills, but from coming April, the association is expected to take up the duty.”
The apartment which currently accommodates 800 inhabitants, has a total capacity to house 1,800 persons. So far, the residents have paid nearly Rs 11.69 crore including the corporation cess and other taxes to receive constant water supply.
“We are expecting the empty houses to be filled before this year end. In a way, the water crisis is expected to deepen in the coming months,” Sathyamoorthy added.
Wishing to be anonymous, a resident of the apartment said, “Whenever we make an enquiry, the officials say that the files are yet to be cleared by the concerned state minister who handle the drinking water supply portfolio. This is the standard reply that we receive from the officials. For a very long time, the inmates are waiting to receive metro water despite paying the taxes that run in crores. Our only wish is to receive metro water supply at our residential complex and end the woes of inmates living here.”
Falling under its jurisdiction, an official of CMWSSB attached to area eight said, “In regard with Metrozone, we are waiting to receive an approval from the top official. After receiving green signal, we will float a tender and award work order to the contractor for its successful completion.”
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