Chamarajanagar lives under fear of epidemics

Though Chamarajanagar was declared as district headquarter 13 years ago, the elected representatives and officials of the district administration have not woken up from deep slumber to provide one of the main basic facilities of a town — a good under ground drainage system. People of the town expressed their displeasure about the lethargic attitude of officials and elected representatives for not taking any step towards the repair of UGD works though the funds have been released by the Government already. The Karnataka Urban Infrastructure Development and Finance Corporation (KUIDFC) had released Rs 35.52 crores for this. In fact, the CMC of Chamarjanagar also completed the survey works of 129 kilometres for repair works of UGD in all the wards of its limits.

Out of Rs 35.52 crores released, the CMC has decided to spent Rs 22.19 crore on UGD repair and utilise the rest of the amount to ease drinking water crisis and provide basic facilities in slum areas of Chamarajanagar. Except removing silt particles in UGD, the CMC officials have never taken up any other permanent work towards making UGD system better. The multiplication of mosquitoes without fogging attributed to the woes of the people. Besides, untreated drainage water in Doddarayapete lake worried the residents of that village.

Tender delayed

Speaking to Deccan Herald, the officials of CMC told that delay in the invitation of tender process had resulted in the implementation of UGD repair works. The CMC has decided to set up sewage water treatment plant before starting up the works. The identified land is in dispute and cleared by the Court recently. However, Bellary based SPAN company has taken up the contract of setting up sewage treatment plant and well UGD system can be expected in next three years.

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