Port Blair, May 10: CPI (M) has demanded Chief Secretary, A&N Administration, to provide sufficient and regular piped water supply to the residents of the Middle Andaman areas.
In a letter addressed to the Chief Secretary, A&N Administration, D. Ayyappan, Secretary, CPI (M) A&N State Organising Committee informed that piped water is being supplied to the residents of many Gram Panchayats in Middle Andaman only once three days, that too only for 25 minutes. The worst affected areas are the four Gram Panchayats of Padmanabhapuram, Basantipur, Swadesh Nagar and Harinagar.
He stated that people in the above areas are running from one place to other to fetch water during this summer season as the authorities have failed to provide sufficient water to these areas.
Mr. Ayyappan informed that the scarcity of piped water started about 3-4 months back, even before the onset of summer, and since then the residents of Middle Andaman particularly those residing in the 04 Gram Panchayats are facing hardship to get water.
CPI (M) stated that the authorities concerned have not come up with any reason for the acute scarcity of piped water despite taking up the matter with them reportedly by the residents and elected representatives. There is an immediate need to have alternative arrangements to provide sufficient piped water to the residents of Middle Andaman.
CPI (M) Secretary said that it has also been reported that there is a regular pipe burst in the water supply line, causing a short supply of water or interruption in the line of concerned areas.
Mr. D. Ayyappan requested the Chief Secretary to look into this matter personally and direct the authorities in the N&M Andaman District to ensure that sufficient piped water is supplied to the residents of Middle Andaman, especially to the four Gram Panchayats.