Get drinking water once in 36 hours from March 20

Mayor calls it inevitable due to depleting inflow at Thumbe vented dam

With the fast-depleting water-level at Thumbe vented dam, Mangaluru City Corporation (MCC) has decided to go for water rationing. Beginning Monday (March 20), drinking water will be supplied once in 36 hours in the corporation limits till May.

Addressing reporters on Thursday, Mayor Kavitha Sanil announced that as per the decision, water supply will be stopped for 36 hours from 6 am on March 20, while the supply will be resumed from Tuesday 6 pm.

Accordingly, water will be supplied once in one-and-a-half day. The mayor also promised to revoke the decision, if the catchment rains receive sufficient rains within Sunday (March 19), with rainfall reported from Subrahmanya and other parts of Dakshina Kannada district.

Not for construction
Substantiating the decision, the mayor said it was inevitable to take precautionary measures to check recurring situation on water front, as inflow of water to the dam has stopped completely. While water will not be supplied to new construction sites, the sole focus is on providing drinking water, she added.

An engineer attached with drinking water supply wing informed that the water level in the dam  for the day (Thursday) stood at 4.15 metres against maximum capacity of five metres, that may last another 20 days. At AMR dam in Shamboor, 6.25 metres of water was available and may last for 40 days.

City Corporation Commissioner Mohammed Nazeer said that in the wake of bleak situation, Deputy Commissioner Dr K G Jagadeesha has instructed authorities concerned at both Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Limited (MRPL) and special economic zone (SEZ) not to draw water beyond 10 MGD from Shamboor dam.

Six metres next
On the other hand, measures are being taken to acquire upto 100 acres of land in the vicinity of Thumbe dam to increase the storage level of water upto six metres for next summer.

The government has promised to set aside grants to make provisions for disbursing relief amount for farmers whose 100 acres of land will be acquired against total 443 acres of land identified to facilitate storage of water up to seven metres in the later stage.

Earlier, when the attempts were made to store water up to five metres, 31 acres of land belonging to 21 farmers faced inundation, with seepage reported in some places. Hence it was decided to acquire lands and the government was requested for disbursing relief amount to affected farmers.

Following the proposal, the government has sanctioned Rs seven crore and the amount is expected to be released by the end of March. In the later days, the city corporation will enter into an agreement with farmers before taking land into possession.

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