On one hand, drinking water is becoming increasingly scarce in this hill station on account of the unsatisfactory storage in most of the reservoirs and on the other, the demand is steadily increasing owing to the increasing number of visitors.
This has put not only the civic administration but also the police in a spot as people have started taking to the streets in protest against the inadequate supply of water.
On Tuesday, civic officials and the police had to rush to the Vinayagar Koil area in Upper Kodappamund to deal with a road roko agitation on the Ooty-Kotagiri highway.
Deputy Superintendent of Police G.S. Anita told that the residents staged the protest to draw the attention of the authorities concerned to the diversion of drinking water from a local reservoir for agriculture.
Municipal Engineer B. Ramoorthy said that the water had not been used for farm operations as the Upper Kodappamund reservoir, which caters to the requirements of people in the area, was almost dry. An inspection had revealed that only some drainage water had been let into the field.
Stating that steps would be taken soon to desilt the Upper Kodappamund reservoir, he added that since there had not been enough water even in the Lower Kodappamund reservoir, arrangements would be made to supply water through tankers.