Hassan Vet College urged to spare borewell for Satyamangala GP

MLA H S Prakash and Satyamangala gram panchayat members staged a protest on Thursday, urging the authorities concerned to handover one of the borewells on the premises of the Hassan Veterinary College to the gram panchayat. The MLA and members, who visited the college and gathered information on the availability of water, learnt that water from two of the five borewells is being wasted. Condemning this, they resorted to a flash protest in front of the college dean’s office.

Prakash explained that the villagers of Satyamangala, Haralahalli and Chikkahonehalli had parted with their lands for the college. Now, they are facing severe water problem. Water is not available even after digging 1,000 feet. The water supplied through tankers is not regular due to financial constraints. Hence, one of the borewells on the college premises should be handed over to the GP, at least, for the next two months, so that water can be supplied through pipes, he appealed.

The MLA pointed out that excess water from the two borewells, which is being used for construction purpose, are let into the drains. Several pleas to the Dean, seeking permission to use one of the borewells, have failed to elicit any response. The issue has been brought to the notice of the Assistant Commissioner and Tahsildar. The Deputy Commissioner too is not responding to the issue, he complained.

Speaking to DH, in-charge Dean Dr Shivakumar said, “Water from three borewells is being used by the college to grow fodder, maintenance of domestic animals and for the domestic use of the students.”

“The Assistant Commissioner had suggested to spare one of the borewells for the Haralahalli gram panchayat for drinking purpose. But I don’t have the power. The issue was brought to the notice of the Registrar of Bidar University, who had replied that the borewell cannot be handed over to the GP. But if required, water can be filled here and supplied to the villages through tankers,” he clarified.

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