Mayor seeks Hemavathi for City

His suggestion: Divert the Hemavathi river into TG Halli reservoir to supply water to the northern and western parts of the City and ease the suffering of the people reeling under acute water shortage.

In a short three-paragraph letter addressed to the minister, Nataraj said that the numerous borewells sunk in the City have proved to be only a temporary relief for the citizens and a more permanent solution was needed.

“Hence, the diversion of the Hemavathi river to the TG Halli reservoir will prove decisive and help the City,” stated the Mayor.

In his letter, the Mayor subtly stated that the BWSSB, “despite, its best efforts, has been unable to provide water to all the citizens.”

Thus, it was of immediate concern to avoid any untoward incident by providing a permanent solution. He has urged the minister to convene a meeting with the BWSSB officials and communicate the same to the Palike, as they can better coordinate the efforts of both the civic agencies.

Meeting with corporators

Nataraj in a separate correspondence with Suresh Kumar has urged him to also schedule a meeting, at his convenience, with the BBMP corporators to resolve the issues related to the water crisis.

Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) expert committee chairman B N Thyagaraja has proposed that water could be drawn from the tail of Hemavathi main canal and four tmcft each could be distributed to TG Halli and Hesaraghatta reservoir.

“There are proposals, but we need to still work out on the feasibility of the plan,” he said.

Since water from Hemavathi is being used for irrigation, an inflow should be provided to draw water.

However, a decision on the plan will be taken in the next 15 days, he added.  

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