Minister promises to get Rs 1,500 cr

Minister promises to get Rs 1,500 cr

Implement scheme based on Israel model for better utilisation of water: Muniyappa

Minister promises to get Rs 1,500 cr

He was speaking at the meeting of Awareness Committee on Centrally-sponsored Schemes at ZP auditorium in Kolar on Friday. Presiding over the meet he said that Kolar stands first in a list of 100 districts, prepared by Centre, which were facing acute drinking water crisis in the country. One cannot find water even at 1000 meters in the district, he added.

Work efficiently
He assured to bring Central Rural Development Minister to district in November even if one groundwater recharge work was implemented successfully in the district. The legislators and officials from different parties and departments must work efficiently to fulfil this, he added.

The groundwater recharge works can also be taken up under NREGs. For this the works must be implemented in selected gram panchayats, Muniyappa said. In order to recharge the groundwater, tanks must be first desilted and check dams must be built to avoid silt formation. Afforestation should be undertaken on hilly and kharab lands in the forest. Only then there are chances of reviving ground water, Muniyappa added.

The hills in Kolar must be lush green, expressed Muniyappa who directed  Zilla Panchayat Chief Executive Officer to lead a delegation of district-level officials to Tirupati to undertake a study tour of the hills there which are lush green with plants and trees.

Israel technology

Chandrababu Naidu during his tenure as Chief Minister had implemented scheme based on Israel model in Kuppam for better utilisation of the water. Though Kuppam receives just 10 per cent of the rains received by Kolar, there is no water scarcity in the City, Muniyappa said. The same should be implemented in Kolar, he added.
Muniyappa said that Rs 2.25 crore had been sanctioned under Survajayanti Gram Swaraj Yojana of which Rs 1.65 crore had been utilised. People who are interested in taking up dairy farming and other small business will be encouraged, he added.

Drinking water
Works on providing permanent drinking water supply to 185 villages in Malur taluk commenced in November 2008 and is expected to be completed by 2010.
An amount of Rs 23 crore has been spent of the Rs 44 crore allotted for the project, said Chief Engineer Devaraj.