District has enough drinking water till onset of monsoon: DC

District has enough drinking water till onset of monsoon: DC

Minister lauds officials for efficient drought management

Deputy Commissioner D Randeep has said that the district has already received a total of 56.9 millimeters (MM) of rainfall between January and April 10, 2017, which is more than the normal level received during this period.

Randeep said that normal rainfall in the district between January and April is 30.2 mm but this time the district has received 26.7 mm more rain. In the corresponding period, the district had received only 26.3 MM of rainfall. The district had suffered a 45% deficit rainfall in the year 2016 when it received only 450.9 MM whereas normal rainfall is 815.3 MM.

The DC was providing details to District in-charge Minister Dr H C Mahadevappa and District in-charge secretary M Lakshminarayan at a meeting organised at the DC’s office here on Monday.

The minister, who chaired the meeting, directed district-level officials to take measures to ensure sufficient drinking water and fodder till the onset of monsoon. “There should be no scarcity of drinking water and fodder. Though the authorities have managed the drought situation in an efficient manner, they should be prepared to address the situation till June,” Dr Mahadevappa said.

Following good rainfall in the district in the past three months, waterbodies have received good amount of water and authorities are hopeful of addressing the drought situation in an efficient manner. Following the rainfall, the authorities have reduced supply of drinking water to villages through tankers. In Mysuru taluk, the authorities are supplying water through tankers to 23 villages and in Nanjangud as many as 24 villages were receiving water through tankers. Similarly, 22 tankers have been stationed under Mysuru City Corporation (MCC) limits and water is being accordingly supplied.

The authorities have taken up 31 projects under Multi-Village Drinking water scheme and 14 of them are completed while the remaining 15, which are under progress, will be completed by March 2018, officials said.

Under the Task Force programme, the district administration has taken up 1,061 projects at an estimated cost of Rs 719.10 lakh for the financial year 2016-17. Of them, 943 projects have been completed and 118 are under progress. The authorities sought an additional Rs 4.80 crore for an additional 362 projects.

In addition, the authorities have taken up 383 works under Drought Relief funds at a cost of Rs 427.65 lakh.