Deputy Commissioner D Randeep addresses the participants of the workshop on measures to be taken to conserve groundwater organised by the Groundwater Directorate, at Abdul Nazeer Sab State Institute of Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Institution in Mysuru on Thursday.
Zilla Panchayat Chief Executive Officer (CEO) P Shivashankar on Thursday said, "Despite laws, illegal digging of borewells in the district has become rampant and is posing a big headache for the authorities."
He was speaking at a workshop on measures to be taken to conserve groundwater, organised by the Groundwater Directorate at Abdul Nazeer Sab State Institute of Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Institution, here.
The ZP CEO said, most of the borewells have been sunk in the last three years and it is a matter of grave concern. Even though Cauvery and Kabini rivers flow in the district, the region has been facing severe drought in the last three years. "Unless the people understand the importance of water, it is not possible to conserve water," he said.
Deputy Commissioner D Randeep said, "Many dig borewells without prior permission. The underground water level gets depleted due to frequent digging. The water problem will be doubled in the next four years and there is a need for the strict law to regulate borewells."
According to the authorities, there are nearly 40,000 borewells in the district. As many as 13,000 borewells supply drinking water while 26,905 borewells used for irrigation purpose.
The quality of water has been declining due to rampant urbanisation and deforestation. There is a need for conservation of rainwater and forest, he said.
According to the officials, HD Kote taluk has 3,560 borewells, Hunsur 4,004, KR Nagar 2,398, Mysuru 3,462, Nanjangud 4,635, Periyapatna 4,324 and T Narasipur taluk has 4,522, borewells.
Geologist Pranesh Rao explained about the measures to be taken to close defunct borewells. Mines and Geology Joint Director B Panduranga, RDPR Deputy Director Ganesh Prasad and others were present.