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Residents Block NH In Protest Against Inadequate Drinking Water Supply  
Source:   The Hindu City   : Salem Published On   04-11-2009  



Traffic on the Salem-Bangalore National Highways was disrupted for nearly an hour on Monday when a group of residents from Narasothipatti and Kamarajar Colony blocked the road in protest against inadequate drinking water supply to their localities.

The residents, mostly women carrying empty pots, gathered near Sankar theatre bus stop and blocked the busy National Highways during the peak hours in the morning throwing the long distance traffic into disarray.

Hundreds of commuters from suburban towns such as Omalur, Taramangalam and Mettur were affected as they could not reach their working spots on time.


Vehicles such as buses, cars, lorries and heavy trailers could be seen lining up on both sides of the four-laned National Highways. A few ambulances transporting the sick also were caught in the melee.

The police arrived at the spot late and took up the role of pacifying the agitators who, however, refused to relent.

They charged the Salem Corporation with not supplying drinking water to their areas for more than a fortnight now.

The resident demanded immediate supply of water.

Passengers’ ire

Irritated by the prolonging road blockade, passengers and other travelling public started raising their voices of protest.

They urged the police to immediately remove the crowd from the road so that traffic could be restored.

Later, senior revenue and Corporation officials joined the police personnel in the negotiations to convince the people to disperse.

The blockade was lifted after an hour or so.

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