Ensure no shortage of water, Minister tells officials

Ensure no shortage of water, Minister tells officials

Minister for Cooperation H S Mahadevaprasad has said that the state government has considered the issue of shortage of water seriously and officials should ensure that there is no shortage of water in rural and urban areas.

Chairing a meeting to discuss on water crisis in Madikeri, he said “Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has directed District-in-Charge Minister to review the water crisis in each district. As District-in-Charge Minister K J George is on foreign tour, I am chairing the meeting.”

“The government has released Rs 2.50 crore to the Zilla Panchayat to initiate measures to supply water.

The government has already declared Somwarpet taluk as drought-hit taluk and additional Rs one crore has been released to take up relief work.”

The Minister said that there is a need to give priority to store rain water in the district.

He directed the ZP CEO to chalk out a plan to take up water conservation programme under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS).

Raising the issue of incomplete work on Kundamestri project, MLC T John said that the officials have been claiming that the work will be completed in two years.

However, the work has not been completed.

ZP President B Shivappa and Vice President Biddanda Usha Devamma said that there is acute shortage of water in villages.

Measures should be initiated to supply water.

Deputy Commissioner Anurag Tiwari said that measures have been initiated to ensure that there was no disruption in supply of water.

ZP Executive Engineer Doddasiddaiah said that action plan worth Rs 25 crore has been approved during 2013-14. About 224 works related to drinking water has been completed.

Additional DC H Prasanna said that in the first phase, Rs 135 lakh has been released to the district, of which Rs 55 lakh to Madikeri taluk, Rs 20 lakh to Kushalnagar, Rs 30 lakh each to Somwarpet and Virajpet have been released.

Water supply and Sewage Board Executive Engineer Balachandraraje Urs said that the work on Kundamestri project is nearing completion and water will be supplied to Kootuhole within a day or two.

Unauthorised home stays

MLC M C Nanaiah directed the CMC Commissioner not to supply water to illegal home stays in Madikeri.

The population of Madikeri town is 33,000. If additional 15,000 tourists visit during weekend, how can we supply water. There are 260 authorised home stays in the district.

Barring authorised home stays, water should not be supplied to unauthorised home stays.

Water should be supplied for two hours on an alternative days in Madikeri town, he suggested.

CMC Commissioner B B Pushpavathi said that measures have been initiated to install water meters. Tender has been invited for installing water meters.

CMC President Julekabhi, SP M N Anucheth among others were present.

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