The Times Of India, April 27 2014, Mysore: Residents in Bogadi second stage adjoining Mata Amritanandamai college campus and surrounding areas were shocked to find sewage water flowing from their taps on Sunday morning. They said the water was brown and emanated bad smell. The reason is not far to seek: Leakage of sewage water into the drinking water supply pipes which crossed the main sewage pipe on Mysore-Bogadi main road.
The residents complained that this also led to their sumps getting polluted. They said they had to requisition the services of sump cleaners to get their sumps cleaned.
According to water board officials who confirmed the leakage, sewage waste has leaked into the main water pipe following the sewage pipe bursting at the ring road cross. However, the residents complained of negligence on the part of officials who never bothered to check the building of an apartment complex near the ring road whose contractor had dug up the road causing damage to the sewage line last week.
“Now the beneficiaries are the sump-cleaning contractors and tanker owners,” said Bhagwan, a resident, urging the authorities to penalize the apartment contractor and reimburse the residents who had to spend money on getting the sumps cleaned and on tanker water. While the sump cleaners charged between Rs 700 and and Rs 1000, each tanker of water cost Rs 600.
The residents have demanded stern action against such contractors who dig roads without seeking permission from the authorities and also action against officials who don’t keep a vigil on contractors who dig roads at their will.
Area corporator J Jagadish who visited the affected houses pacified the residents and promised to get water supplied through tankers to the area till the pipes are repaired . ”It takes at least two to three days to restore water supply as the leakage has to be located first and then the broken pipes replaced,” he said.