Only 32 of 210 borewells in city yield water: Varthur

Only 32 of 210 borewells in city yield water: Varthur

In the backdrop of serious water crisis, the fact that barely 32 of the 210 borewells dug in the city yield water is alarming, said District In-charge Minister Varthur Prakash.

Speaking to mediapersons after the Republic Day celebrations at the District Stadium on Thursday, Varthur said 50 of the borewells need to be repaired. But, the people who already worked to repair them have not been paid. “We need Rs 70 lakh for a total of 100 borewells. I have instructed the Deputy Commissioner to use money under the natural calamity relief fund,” he added.

The minister said he hoped to dig 50 more borewells in the city. “As District In-charge Minister, I am completely responsible for increasing water problems,” he added.

The encroachment of tanks in the city need to be surveyed yet. But a lack of surveyors has prevented the clearance work from being implemented, he said.

‘Yaragol in 10 days’

All hurdles for implementation of the Yaragol project have been cleared and work on construction of the dam will begin within the next 10 days, said Varthur.

Yaragol is planned to provide water to villages in Bangarpet, Malur and Kolar taluks and the area in between. But the Forest Department had objected to implementation of the project. “The matter has been discussed with the chief forest conservation officer and the problem has been cleared,” assured the minister.

Road work

Varthur promised that all roads in the city will be developed by April end. Asphalting and construction of cement roads will be undertaken. “An amount of Rs 20 crore will be released from the Chief Minister’s funds for the work,” he added.

Work on the construction of a connecting bridge on the drain on the road near Tekal is on. After the construction, asphalting of the road till Doom Light Circle will be carried out, he told the mediapersons.

Doddakere encroachment

In response to a question by the journalists, Deputy Commissioner Manoj Kumar Meena said the encroachment of Doddakere in Bangarpet has been cleared. “The expanse of the tank has been surveyed and a barricade has been put up marking the boundary. Prof S R Leela, MLC, too has instructed us to take strict action with regard to encroachment of the tank,” he added.

The District Superintendent of Police Dr K Tyagarajan and Zilla Panchayat president Manjula were also present.

‘Agitation is not the answer’

“Agitation is not the solution to the permanent irrigation problem,” said District In-charge Minister Varthur Prakash.

He said he has discussed the matter with the Chief Minister. “Even after he releases funds, it will take months before the money is utilised. If I too fight during the intervening period, it will take us nowhere,” he justified.

People’s representatives and leaders of agitation committees will meet the Chief Minister in Bangalore in the near future and discuss implementation of the Paramashivaiah Report, he added.

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