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By Karthik Subramanian
The reason: the Chennai Corporation Commissioner, M. Kalaivanan, was in the area to inspect the sanitary conditions following reports of increase in occurrence of acute diarrhoeal disorders. Apparently, the company had got wind of the inspection and cleaned up the facility by morning itself.
But that did not stop the local residents from painting the real picture. Several residents from the locality were quick to point out the quickfix job. ``The concerned conservancy supervisor and the representatives of the Sulabh International have been asked to maintain hygienic standards all the time,'' Mr. Kalaivanan said.
The Commissioner was accompanied by the Corporation health officer (in-charge), zonal officers of Basin Bridge and Tondiarpet areas and also representatives of Metrowater, as they went about collecting water samples from pipelines and also inspecting the general hygiene in the area.
During their inspection of piped water supply on Prakasam Salai in the same area, there was a point of contention between the Corporation and Metrowater officials over the residual chlorine level. Chlorine pellets were distributed to the public, and the Commissioner urged the members of the public to practice safe habits.
A joint committee comprising the local Metrowater and Corporation officials has already been formed to keep a vigil in the areas prone to contamination. This includes Thirunavukarasar Thottam (division 8), Manali High Road (ward 10), B.R.N. Garden (ward 28) and Valluvar Block (ward 26).
Later, Mr. Kalaivanan visited the Communicable Diseases Hospital in Tondiarpet and enquired about the health of the persons. He was told that on an average 100 to 150 patients were being admitted with diarrhoeal disorders everyday. ``The situation is under control right now and there is no outbreak of any sort,'' he said.
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