Thiruvananthapuram: In a rare gesture, members of a Kerala Water Authority (KWA) trade union pooled Rs 35,000 to make water supply available at the house of a widow who is also a cancer patient. A Mini, a resident of Kalady in the city, has no words to thank the Water Authority Employees’ Union for ending the misery of walking a long distance for drinking water every day.
Mini’s husband had succumbed to cancer some years ago and she has been living with her son, a class ten student, in a house built by some voluntary organisations on two cents of land bought with government aid. Struggling to make both ends, Mini works as a domestic help, but is often unable to find money for her cancer treatment.
For drinking water, she depended on a public tap some half-a-km from her house. Even after being diagnosed with cancer, Mini used to trudge the distance for fetching water. But soon her disease turned severe and Mini could no longer walk the distance.
Realising that only a piped water connection to her house would solve the problem, Mini met all officials concerned for a water supply, but to no avail. When Mini explained her difficulties to the assistant engineer at Karamana section office of KWA, he told her that the Authority had limitations in sanctioning a free connection. Meanwhile, members of the water authority employees’ union also heard Mini’s plight and they decided to come to her aid.
After Mini presented the required documents, the union members collected the money needed to pay connection fees and for the water meter. After laying the pipeline along a difficult terrain, drinking water finally reached a much-relieved Mini’s house.