Varthur promises Cauvery water to Kolar

Varthur promises Cauvery water to Kolar

A Rs 100-crore project proposal to irrigate Ammerahalli tank ready

A Rs 100-crore project to supply Cauvery water to the parched Kolar city is in the pipeline, according to district in-charge minister R Varthur Prakash.

Speaking after unfurling the national flag at the Independence Day celebrations here on Wednesday, Prakash said he had promised to flow Cauvery water to Kolar during last Assembly election and the days of fulfilling the promise were nearing.

Storage tank

Cauvery water collects near Hoodi in Bangalore where a storage tank will be constructed. Water will be flown to Ammerahalli tank in Kolar from the tank, Varthur said.

The minister said a Rs 63-crore action plan had been prepared to tackle water scarcity in Kolar district and hoped that the problem would be resolved with the implementation of the plan.

The widening of MB Road will be completed in about two months and the work on widening the stretch between Domelight Circle and Clock Tower will also be completed at the earliest.

The minister said as many as 1,000 leakages had been plugged to ensure water supply to the city and calling tenders for the work would have meant delay in executing the task.

‘Earliest solution’

“I am spending my money for the project so that the water scarcity can be tackled at the earliest. I will receive the money from the government later,” Varthur said.

He said his detractors had no right to question the source of money being spent on water supply project. “They are the ones who siphoned off public money by creating fake bills while in power,” Varthur retorted.

The minister said it had been planned to ensure that the residents get water supply once every two days. He attributed the pathetic state of concrete roads in the city to councillors executing the work as contractors. He said there was no point in proceeding against them.

Yettinahole project

Speaking after unfurling the tricolour in Chikkaballapur, district in-charge minister A Narayanaswamy said, the city, though 60 km away from Bangalore, lacked infrastructural facilities. He said the government had taken steps to address the problem.

 The Rs 8,000-crore project is being implemented to tackle water scarcity in the district, he said.

Narayanaswamy said facilities were not reaching people on account of corrupt system. He said efforts should be directed at curbing corruption in society.

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