Mysore, Apr 25 UNI | 3 months ago

A number of villages in Mysore District are facing drinking water crisis as the summer season reached its peak this year.

There is a sharp decline in the groundwater level in several villages of Mysore Taluk, resulting in borewells going dry. Drinking water is being supplied through tankers to about 50 villages in various parts in the taluk. Under the multi-village water supply scheme, work on supplying Kabini water to 30 villages, including 27 in Mysore and three in Nanjangud Taluks, is in progress. The Karnataka Urban Water Supply and Drainage Board, which is implementing the scheme, expects to complete the project by November this year, P A Gopal,Chief Executive Officer, Mysore Zilla Panchayat, said in a release here.

Mr Gopal said a proposal had been sent to the State Government seeking approval to include another 11 villages in Mysore and Nanjangud Taluks under the scheme.

The approval is awaited, he said.

As the water supply had been affected 55 villages in Nanjangud Taluk since a motor pump at the supplying station had broken down, steps were taken to supply water through tankers to them. The pump had been repaired and water supply to all the villages in the taluk restored barring Taradele and Chimmamballi, Mr Gopal said. In all the taluks of Mysore District, 24x7 control rooms had been set up to address drinking water problems. Steps have been taken to ensure supply of drinking water to villages immediately after receiving complaints at the control room from residents, he said.

As the election model code of conduct is in force, permission would be sought from the Election Commission to implement the drinking water projects in various tribal 'hadis' in the district.

As many as 74 schemes, costing Rs 130.45 lakh, were due for implementation in 'hadis' (settlements), the release said.

There was a provision to use the Rs 300 lakh sanctioned to the Deputy Commissioner of Mysore by the State Government under the drought-relief programme, for laying pipes, repair and purchase of new pumps, hydro-fracturing, re-drilling of borewells among others.

The funds would be used to address water problems in affected villages, the release added.

(Posted on 25-04-2014)