MLAs attack Lanco for hampering water pipeline work in Kolar

MLAs attack Lanco for hampering water pipeline work in Kolar

MLAs attack Lanco for hampering water pipeline work in Kolar
Health and Family Welfare Minister K R Ramesh Kumar has said the contractor of a toll plaza near Hoskote-Malur would be “dealt with appropriately” if he continues to pose hurdles to lay water pipes to pump water from the KC Valley to Kolar district.

He was replying to a matter raised by K S Manjunath Gowda (JD-S) in the Legislative Assembly on Friday. Gowda said Lanco, which has taken up the contract of managing the toll plaza on the Bengaluru-Kolar national highway, is not allowing laying of water pipes near the plaza.

 “Laying of pipes would in no way disturb the plaza or the highway. It is going to run along the road. Kolar is facing severe water shortage. Recycled water from the Challaghatta valley is expected to fill the tanks of the district by December this year. But the contractor is not allowing the work. A case has to be booked against him,” the Malur MLA demanded.

Leader of the Opposition Jagadish Shettar said the contractor should be warned as he is interfering in the government work.

Ramesh Kumar, who is also from Kolar district, said Lanco should limit itself to collecting toll. “Four meetings were fixed with the contractor but he did not turn up. He should be in his limits. We will deal with him appropriately. Recharging of tanks is crucial for Kolar. If this is not allowed, farmers would rebel,” he said.

S N Narayanaswamy K M, the Congress MLA from Bangarpet, said the contractor has nothing to do with the water project.

“There are 127 major tanks in Kolar district. After much struggle, we are hopeful of getting treated water from Bengaluru. About 400 MLD is expected to flow. If the project runs into problems, then people would protest,” he said.

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