Mayor directs officials to repair government wells

Mayor directs officials to repair government wells

Mayor Harinath directed officials to repair all government wells and disconnect illegal water connections in Mangalore City Corporation (MCC) limits to ensure procurement and supply of drinking water in the city.

He said the rejuvenation of lakes, such as Gujjarkere and Kavoorkere, will be taken up by the MCC in future.

Presiding over a general meeting of the civic body here on Friday, he said the MCC has been taking all possible steps, including identification of water sources in its limits, to manage drinking water supply.

Commissioner Dr H N Gopalakrishna said the water stored will last for the next 10 days in the current system of supplying water on alternate days. Hence, 100-120 sources of water, such as wells and borewells, have been identified in the city limits and water will be drawn from them. Water stored at Disha Power Project in Gundya will also be utilised, he noted.

Chairman of Town Planning and Development Standing Committee Lancelot Pinto said 22 tankers, procured by MCC from various sources, will be used to supply water to residents.

Executive Engineer Lingegowda said dredging is being done as 15 foot sand has settled in MRPL dam. Later, the valve can be opened to release water, he added.

Earlier as soon as the meeting started, Opposition member Premanand Shetty said water level has come down by 12 foot in AMR dam in a couple of days according to the statistics.

Former mayor Mahabala Marla charged that SEZ and MRPL have lifted the available water from the dam in 24 hours, which resulted in the premature emptying. He also sought the dates on which water was released by the dam to fill Thumbe dam.

The Opposition members complained that commissioner Gopalakrishna is not been picking up phone calls of the corporators. The commissioner replied that he could not speak as he was busy in meetings.

Deputy Mayor Sumitra Kariya and Chairman of Standing Committee Appi were present.

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