Parched Kolar wants more borewells dug

Parched Kolar wants more borewells dug

Water crisis: DC seeks more funds as 25 pc of wells in district are dry

The Kolar Deputy Commissioner Manoj Kumar Meena, who sought additional funds to dig up more borewells in the district, said this was the only way the district administration could tackle the growing water woes.

A file photo of Kolar Deputy Commissioner Manoj Kumar Meena visiting BGML Sink in Krishnapura near Kolar Gold Fields, to inspect the condition of the drinking water source.

He was speaking during the video conferencing held by Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda for nearly three hours in Bangalore on Wednesday with deputy commissioners of all 30 districts to review the drought situation.

Gowda asked Meena what was the point in digging more borewells, as the groundwater was replete with fluoride.

Dry wells

In response, the Deputy Commissioner said, “We recently dug 170 bore wells, and 40 of them have already dried up. Since we have no water source, digging borewells is the only remedy available. This is a continuous process and we have no other option. We are in a bad situation.”

Meena added that while Kolar’s drinking water consumption was 52 crore litres, the availability was only 29 crore litres.

‘Connect motor’

Residents of Janapanahalli in Holur hobli staged a protest on the premises of the Deputy Commissioner's office in Kolar city on Wednesday, demanding electrical motor connection to the borewell dug by the district administration.

Attempts on May 26, 2010 to connect pump motor to the borewell in the village were obstructed by some residents. In the backdrop of this, the tahsildar had surveyed the village. The matter was still taken to court by some residents who submitted a petition against the connection of electrical motor to the borewell. The water problem in the village has only aggravated as a result.

The protesters demanded that the government take over up to two guntas of land surrounding the borewell as per rules, in order to solve the drinking water shortage problem in the village.

Tanker supply

Water will be supplied through tankers to the residents of the 23 wards of Malur Town Municipal Council (TMC), said Rajappa, vice-president of the TMC.

He was addressing mediapersons in the TMC office on Wednesday.

“Most borewells dug by the TMC are drying up with the start of summer. The TMC will supply water through four tankers,” he said and added that 11 borewells will be dug using the SFC funds and motors connected to them. “An amount of Rs 20 lakh will be used under the CRF funds to connect pipes to supply drinking water.”

Rajappa said two officers have been appointed by the TMC to take complaints of the residents regarding the water supply. Engineer Narasimhaswamy will be in charge of Wards 11 to 23 and junior engineer Vishwanath will handle Wards 1 to 10.

TMC president Gulabjaan and chief officer Rudramuni were present during the press conference.