Udupi CMC zones to get water once in 6 days

Deputy Commissioner Hephsiba Rani Korlapati said that water in Baje dam, across the River Swarna, had reached dead storage and water was being pumped from large ponds on the riverbed into the dam.

Korlapati said earlier water was supplied once in three days to the residents in CMC limits.

“However, this is not possible now with the depleted water level in the dam. The wards in CMC limits had been divided into six zones. Each zone would now receive water once in six days,” she added.

A nodal officer has been appointed for all the 35 wards in the city. People can approach these nodal officers with their grievances pertaining to water and measures will be taken to supply water through water tankers. Even the water supplied through tankers will be restricted to 1,000 litres per house. The residents have to provide details in the trip sheet available with the tanker operator and sign it.

Water through tankers would be supplied to only those houses that required water and three days after they have received water from tapped connections from Baje dam.

She said that measures had been taken to rejuvenate old borewells, open wells and also to remove silt from Mannapallakere (tank).

Korlapati further said that officials had been directed to prepare an action plan to float tender to remove silt accumulated at Baje dam. She had also issued directions to carry out a survey and float tenders to remove silt from the Rajakaluve (stormwater drains) in the city.

Maintenance work of the gates at the Baje dam will also be taken up, she said.

Instruction has been issued to the Task Force to utilise the Rs 25 lakh released to take measures to mitigate water crisis, Korlapati said.

Zilla Panchayat CEO Sindhu Roopesh said that nodal officers had been appointed in each gram panchayat to look into water crisis. She directed the officials to prepare an action plan for permanent supply of water for next year.

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