Water scarcity and lack of elevators at night irritate residents of KP Park in Chennai

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Despite having nine and eleven storey buildings, elevators do not work at night in buildings in KP Park constructed by the Tamil Nadu Urban Habitat Development Board (TUHDB)

Despite having nine and eleven storey buildings, elevators do not work at night in buildings in KP Park constructed by the Tamil Nadu Urban Habitat Development Board (TUHDB)

Residents of Tamil Nadu Urban Habitat Development Board high-rise buildings in Kesava Pillai (KP) Park in Pulianthope here have complained of inadequate water supply and elevators not working at night.

The two-year-old buildings at KP Park, which made headlines last year following complaints of poor construction quality, have 1,900 apartments in four towers of nine floors each and four towers of 11 floors.

Although it is a skyscraper, not even a single elevator operates between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., locals claim. P. Siddharthan, one of the residents, said many people returned home after 10 p.m., especially those working shifts. “Most importantly, there were health emergencies when patients had to be brought up poorly lit stairs,” he said.

Water shortage

Water supply remains a major problem, residents said. According to them, water is supplied from overhead tanks for about 30 minutes a day in the morning. At least one member of each family should be present when the pots and buckets are filled. “As the water pressure in the lower floors is high, those who reside there can fill more buckets. Those who live on the upper floors can’t even get two buckets on some days,” said a woman residing in one of the apartments.

TNUHDB installed western dressers in all apartments, which drew criticism from the public even at first. Without running water, these toilets were useless. “Some of us, who could afford the cost, have converted the toilets to Indian style even though such a redesign is not permitted by the council,” she added.

A council official said instructions had been given to operate one elevator per building at night. “When it comes to regular water supply, we rely entirely on the Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board. There are now strict restrictions for digging boreholes. Therefore, we are unable to do so. Nevertheless, we are taking steps to improve the situation,” the official said, adding that a number of initiatives are being gradually implemented to improve the quality of life.

G. Selva, Chennai Central District Unit Secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), who raised the issue with the Council, said the party would hold a protest soon if the issues were not resolved at the earliest. early.

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