Water supply through tankers in 488 areas

The State is receiving a good amount of rainfall, yet a few parts of it are still reeling under drought. To address this, drinking water is being supplied through tankers to 488 habitations in 12 districts, said Rural development and Panchayat Raj Minister H K Patil.

In the Legislative Assembly, legislators Shivalinge Gowda (Arasikere), Y S V Datta (Kadur), N Cheluvarayaswamy (Nagamangla), G T Deve Gowda (Chamundeshwari constituency), H D Revanna

(Holenarasipura), Venkataramanaiah (Doddaballapura), Rajanna (Shidlaghatta) and B R Patil (Aland) drew the government’s attention to prevailing drought condition and drinking water crisis in their respective constituencies. They also complained of borewells going dry due to groundwater depletion.

Replying to queries by several JD(S) and KJP legislators, minister Patil said that water is being supplied to Kolar, Dharwad, Belgaum, Hassan, Gulbarga, Bangalore Rural, Yadgir, Bagalkot, Raichur, Bellary and Mandya through tankers. JD(S) legislator Datta observed that unless a proper inter-departmental co-ordination is ensured, drinking water problem cannot be solved. The RDPR, the Energy and the Revenue departments should work together to address the problem. Legislator Revanna urged the government to follow in the footsteps of Tamil Nadu government, which has supplied drinking water to about nine districts utilising the Cauvery river water.

'Groundwater not safe'

Later, the RDPR minister said groundwater is no longer safe to drink in many parts of the State. Hence, the government has decided to encourage use of surface water for drinking purpose, he added.

During the Question Hour, JD(S) MLA N Cheluvarayaswamy said that though the route between Bangalore and Mandya is projected as green route, groundwater level has drastically dipped in Mandya district. Thousands of borewells have gone defunct, he added.

At this, Minister Patil said that as per the Central Groundwater Board’s survey report, the extraction of groundwater has exceeded 100 per cent in KR Pet and Pandavapura resulting in depletion of groundwater level. Remedial measures would be taken up to recharge groundwater, he promised.

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