Organisations support separate water board

Selective approach of KUWSDB opposed

A majority of concerned citizens who attended the meeting convened by the Karnataka Urban Water Supply and Drainage Board (KUWSDB) here on Friday, demanded a separate water board for the maintenance of water supply in the city.

At the meeting convened at the Government Guest House, to elicit the opinions of the citizens, the citizens and representatives drawn from different organisations supported the proposal for the separate board mooted by the Board, during the meeting held at MCC on Thursday.

However, soon after the meeting was convened, chaos and confusion prevailed for sometime with the representatives of several organisations taking exception to the selective approach of the Board.

According to M Balakrishna from Mysore Kannada Vedike, M Lakshmana from Association of Concerned and Informed Citizens of Mysore (ACICM), Prof P V Nanjaraj Urs among others, the authorities had deliberately not invited them for the meeting.

Deputy Commissioner C Shikha and Manivannan who intervened, clarified that due to the communication gap, some of the organisations may have been not invited for the meeting. However, it was unintentional, the officials added.

Manivannan also promised to issue an order overnight to furnish information related to the Board (up to 100 pages) without collecting any fee towards the service.

He wondered why officials dithered when the public sought information under the Right to Information Act. To encourage the public, information will be given free of cost and an order in this regard will issued in a day, Manivannan promised.

On the illegal water connections, Manivannan said action will be initiated against such consumers without any fail. If proved guilty, a case also will be filed against them.

To educate the people, a two-week campaign on usage of water will be held in the city from April 6.

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