Water crisis: Cong delegation meets DC

Ivan D’Souza, MLC and parliamentary secretary to the chief minister, speaks to reporters in Mangaluru on Monday.

Urging a stop to the water rationing in the city, a Congress leaders’ delegation submitted a memorandum to the deputy commissioner on Monday.

Ivan D’Souza, MLC and parliamentary secretary to the chief minister, told reporters that there is enough water in the Thumbe dam for the daily supply of water to citizens of Mangaluru. Expert engineers too have visited the Thumbe dam, he said and demanded that Mangaluru South MLA Vedavyas Kamath stop water politics.

“Citizens should not suffer from water crisis. Water from the dam can be supplied for more than 35 days. About 0.55 MCM water is likely to be evaporated daily according to expert engineers. The city requires 0.16 MCM water on a daily basis,” the MLC stated.

“The deputy commissioner has rationed the water supply to ensure that the water in the dam will be available till June 15. He has also promised to stop the rationing if the region gets rain in the month of May,” D’Souza added.

The legislator said that, considering the sweltering heat and rising temperature in the coastal districts, there is a need to change the office working hours, as has been done in North Karnataka. The issue has been brought to the notice of the deputy commissioner, said D’Souza.

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