The locals pointed out that the residents of Old Perungalathur were dependant only on the water tank for their drinking water needs and as the tank was in a damaged condition. The civic workers could not even climb to the top of the tank for cleaning purposes, they added.
“The water tank has not been cleaned for the past two years. Since it has not been cleaned, the water is often murky and has dirt floating in it. It cannot be used for drinking water purposes,” a resident of Old Perungalathur claimed.
The town panchayat officials pointed out that the tank was constructed 30 years back at the cost of Rs 18 lakh with the capacity of 1 lakh litres. All the five wards in Old Perungalathur were getting water stored from the damaged tank, he added.
The residents claimed that they had requested the town panchayat officials to take steps to repair the tank many times but there were no proper answers given by them.
They also pointed that anti-socials were sitting under the tank and consuming liquor often damaging the motor pumps, as a result of which the regular supply was also often getting affected. Hence, the residents urged the authorities to build a fence around the tank to avoidtrespassers.
When contacted, the Perungalathur Town Panchayat executive officer N Ravi Kumar said, there is a proposal to demolish the tank and construct a new one. “The plans are on progress and soon the new tank construction work will get started,” he said.