CMC resolves to give uninterrupted water supply for a few hours

Proceedings marred by allegations of dereliction of duty

CMC resolves to give uninterrupted water supply for a few hours

CMC is all set to tackle water shortage in the next three months and also take up repair works of damaged linkages and provide uninterrupted water supply for at least two to three hours in a day, CMC Environment Engineer Raghvendra said.

Elaborating over the measures taken to overcome water scarcity in the city limits in the general body meeting, Raghvendra said that during peak morning sessions, around 150 lakh litres (15 mld) of water is being supplied for three hours. He said that the 800-kilometres of pipelines can accommodate 16 mld water.

He said that due to the low level of water the input is not fast as compared to the output. The output of water is 5 mld per hour and accordingly the input is one mld. He said utmost measures are being taken to accommodate all areas simultaneously for supplying water.

He said the water problem at Padukere, Kalmadi, Bannanje, Ambalpadi, Gopalpura, Nayanpalli and Hanumanthanagara is being resolved by either digging wells or setting right the existing water bodies. He said some houses at the elevated area in Santhoshnagar are facing an acute water scarcity.

He sad the problem would be set right as early as possible. He said tankers supplying water will be equipped with meters to check the routes and the areas where water is supplied. This would help in ensuring water to all those who are deprived of water, he said.

He said drainage pipes of houses would be blocked if found discharging effluents on roads and to rivers. A heated argument ensued between members after CMC Commissioner passed comments against Opposition leader M R Pai about the “reckless behaviour” of the ruling party in discharging its duties. Former president Dinaker Shetty Herga said that the president had failed to “constitutionally discharge his duties”.

Opposition members threatened to boycott the proceedings if the Commissioner failed to apologise. Ruling members said that even the Opposition members had failed to maintain the decorum of the house. The Commissioner apologised after which the meeting resumed.

The members raised objections over sidelining the standing committee as the 2016-17 Budget had failed to earmark any  budgetary provision to the standing committee. The members also recommended dissolution of standing committee.

Member Shashiraj Kunder said it was the responsibility of the president to earmark funds. President Meenakshi Madhav Bannanje said that the action plans are yet to be designed and funds would be earmarked for the standing committee when the plans are chalked out.

Following the demand by members, the House took a decision to seek the forest department’s help to cut “dangerous” trees in private property areas. Member Narasimha Nayak said that public who fail to hand over waste to the SHGs appointed by CMC should be punished by snapping power and water lines to their houses.

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