Water level dips in Chitravathi barrage

Water level dips in Chitravathi barrage

Failure of authorities to desilt the Chitravathi barrage located on the outskirts of the town has resulted in severe water crisis in the taluk.

Besides, lack of rainfall in Chikkaballapur and Gudibande taluks has dried up the barrage, aggravating the water crisis.

Clay water

As the water level has fallen, the barrage now has only clay-mixed water. Although the water collected in pits near the pumphouse is lifted and drawn through the canal, it is not fit for use.

“The water stinks. How can we use that water? Those who have money are able to buy from outside. But we are not that fortunate,” Kalavathi, a resident of VIII ward, in the town told Deccan Herald.

The barrage will be completely dried up in a week as there is no rainfall in catchment areas, Chitravathi Horata Samiti leader Manjunatha Reddy told Deccan Herald.

Continued fight

It has been over 20 days since the Chitravathi Horata Samiti is protesting demanding that the barrage be desilted. But the district administration and people’s representatives have turned a blind eye to the samiti’s demand.

“If this apathy continues, we would give Bagepalli and Gudibande bundh call in 72 hours,” said Samiti leader Channarayappa.

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