The Madras Excessive Courtroom on Tuesday directed the Municipal Administration and Rural Improvement Secretary to elucidate whether or not it was protected on the a part of some panchayats to attract water from waterbodies, pump it to overhead tanks after which provide by way of pipelines to the residents with out treating the water.
Justices M. Sathyanarayanan and R. Hemalatha raised the query in the course of the listening to of a public curiosity litigation petition. They suo motu impleaded the secretary as one of many respondents to the case and directed the official to file an in depth report together with supporting paperwork and pictures to substantiate his stand.
The judges needed to understand how water drawn from waterbodies could possibly be termed as potable water once they had been susceptible to a number of impurities comparable to e-coli. The senior decide within the Division Bench lamented that the nation was unable to produce as primary a necessity as protected ingesting water even after seven many years of Independence.