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Kerala: Fisherfolk and tribal families fume as Kerala govt says it will shut public taps November 27,2019   |  Source: The News Minute

In the Thanthonni Thuruthu Island of Kochi, it’s common to see women standing around near the island’s public taps. These spots have become a makeshift meeting point for these women for a simple reason — about 60 fishermen families who live on the 110-acre island don’t have private water connections, and frequently face drinking water problems due to the lack of proper connectivity to the mainland. It’s a similar situation for the residents of Njarackal of Vypin Island, where drinking water concerns are common and constant. The shortage of pipe connections to individual houses forces people to rely on public taps. And the situation is not much different in many coastal parts of Kerala, where seeing a long line of people carrying pots to collect water is a common sight. For these residents, life without public taps is unthinkable.

However, despite this dire scenario, the Kerala government has decided to close about two lakh public taps in the state, most of which were first opened in the 1970s. Minister for Water Resources K Krishnankutty announced in the first week of November that the government would shut off these taps. The decision was taken as part of the Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM), which intends to provide pipe coverage to rural Kerala. Though the government

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