Water woes continue to dog Mandya residents

Water woes continue to dog Mandya residents

Council meeting to be convened on February 23 to discuss issue

Women queue up to collect water at Sugartown in Mandya. DH photoWith the onset of summer and temperatures hovering around the 28 degree celsius mark, residents of the city are feeling the heat. Apart from the temperatures, residents are also facing severe shortage of water.

Despite facing protest from the people, neither MLAs nor city municipal council (CMC) has taken up any measures to improve the situation. CMC standing committee president Sridhar pointed out that CMC is providing water in areas wherever complaints are being recorded.

However, it is yet to take up any study on the areas, which would be most affected due to the shortage of water in the summer.

Even though the water board says that it is supplying water every alternative day, residents have complained that situation is precarious. Also, increasing water cess from Rs 70 to Rs 120 has further enraged the residents of the city.

Residents of Gandhinagar, who staged a protest displaying empty pots, complained water wasn’t supplied even after three days of giving complaints.

When an MLA visited Sugartown on the outskirts of the city to launch the pulse polio drive, people complained that drinking water shortage and cleaning of underground drainage was yet to be taken up in the area.

CMC president Arunkumar had expressed displeasure at the water board failing to take up any measures to supply water.

Furthermore, Sridhar mentioned that lack of co-ordination between water board officials and other staff is causing a delay in solving the problems.

He also said that a special council meeting would be convened on February 23 to discuss the issue. It is to be seen if the meeting would help residents get respite from the existing problems.

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