The Madras High Court has directed the Avadi Municipality to quickly provide water connections to over 18,000 applicants in that area and submit a compliance report on December 16.
The first bench of the court directed the municipality to devise a methodology to give water connections quickly to all the 18,000 households.
“We fail to appreciate the aforesaid position for the reason that if 1,000 connections per month are given and as per their own case about 18,000-plus applications were pending, then it will take 18 months to give connections alone in a project which was to be completed within 2 years and has already taken 7 years.
We, thus, call upon the Avadi municipality to devise a methodology to ensure that these connections are given quickly and submit a compliance report before us in this behalf. We would also monitor the matter for some time to ensure that there is no further delay”, the bench said.
According to the petitioner N. Babu Ganesh, a resident of Avadi, the drinking water scheme was sanctioned to cater to about 55,000 households in the area under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) at a cost of Rs. 103 crore.
A Government Order was passed sanctioning the project on January 22, 2008, and the work commenced on November 11, 2009.
In 2009, residents were even asked to deposit amounts, but the connection had not been given, and authorities were not in a position to reply as to when the scheme would be complete.