District admn gearing up to tackle water crisis

40 villages identified as affected; Rs 69 cr action plan submitted

In the wake of severe drought in the district triggering cry for water, the district administration has decided to go for open wells, and open goshala and fodder bank for the benefit of cattle.

Action plan of Rs 69 crore has been submitted to the government and crop loss for the year 2012 has been put at Rs 806 crore

Disclosing this to media in the city on Friday, medical education and district in-charge minister S A Ramdas said taking cognisance of the alarming situation, he has held a meeting of the officers. The taluk task force has been directed to identify the places for open wells near the lakes and submit a report. Every seven taluk in the district will be getting Rs 30 lakh.

Giving a scenario of the district, the minister said, there are a total of 2,100 villages, with 604 of them depending on surface water and 139 relying on borewell. It is surmised that the depleting underground water table has reached the level of 40 years ago.

However, severe water crisis has been reported from 40 villages comprising Nanjangud taluk, Jayapura hobli, H D Kote taluk and N Begur in the border of Mysore district and Gundlupet taluk.

Apart from the afore said measures, it has been decided to rejuvenate or deepen the defunct borewells, taking assistance of borewell agencies certified by the geology department. One fodder bank will be opened in each of the seven taluks and one goshala in each of Jayapura, Baradanapura, H D Kote, K R Nagar and Mysore rural.

Drilling of new borewells will be permitted only for drinking water purposes, restricting borewells for agriculture reasons. To ensure emergency repair works at the time of power cuts, Chamundeshwari Electricity Supply Corporation Limited (Cesc) has been asked to stock 100 transformers.

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