Clean Bethamangala reservoir, orders DC

Calls on residents of neighouring villages to put in voluntary labour

Deputy Commissioner Manoj Kumar Meena instructed officers of the Water Board to desilt and also deweed the Bethamangala Reservoir, under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) applicable for the three villages surrounding the reservoir.

Visiting the dried-up reservoir on Friday on request by residents of Ankatattahalli, Meena found the place under heavy foliage of weeds and poisonous plants.
The DC said the government will not release Rs 31 crore to desilt the reservoir at one go. But there is facility of using 40 per cent of the machinery under the MGNREGS.

“More than all else, if the residents of the more than 20 nearby villages put in voluntary labour with a feeling of the reservoir belonging to the community, the water body can be saved,” he added.

Warning of more trouble

Raghunathaiah Setty, executive engineer of the Water Board warned that if the Bethamangala reservoir is not deweeded immediately, water during the coming rains will collect and the water in the reservoir will become all the more contaminated.

A M Lakshminarayana and R Narayana Reddy, Zilla Panchayat members, said efforts would be taken by the gram panchayats of Hulkur, Bethamangala and Gollahalli villages, which surround the reservoir, to clean the tank.

Water source

Visiting the BGML Sink in Krishnapura on the outskirts of the city on Friday, Meena said the district administration is ready to spend Rs 50 crore to clean the source that provides water to more than 50 villages if it is located.

An amount of Rs 60 to 70 lakh has already been spent in the district on permanent drinking water supply. However, it is necessary to locate the source of local water supply before the permanent drinking water supply scheme is implemented, he explained.

“The BGML Sink can provide up to one lakh litres of water per day. The water is hard, but can be supplied to the people after treatment,” he said. “There are several streams in low-lying areas near Krishnapura that are permanently filled with water.

We can use the water for public use after taking into consideration the quantity.”

Supply to villages

The wells and tanks in rural areas are drying up completely. There is little water for human consumption, complained A M Lakshminarayana and R Narayana Reddy. They added that water from the BGML Sink could be supplied to more than 50 of the nearby villages using pipes and urged the DC to ensure work on the connection starts before summer.

Setty said the last time the managing director of the Water Board visited the Sink a scientific test of the quality of the water was conducted and it was found that the water was not fit for direct human consumption.

BEML deputy general manager Nagesh, tahsildar Mangala, Ravindra and others were present.

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