Bangalore, Apr 28 UNI | 3 months ago

Karnataka Government has released Rs 276 crore for tackling drinking water problem in the state as mercury is increasing by the day.

Addressing a press conference here, Minister for Panchayat Raj and Rural Development H K Patil said steps were being taken on war footing to solve the drinking water problem. 'Already Rs 276 crore, including Rs 100 crore special grant, has been released,' he added.

Mr Patil said the Zilla Panchayats have Rs 240 crore and instructions were given to take up digging new bore wells in problematic villages and for taking up other related works.

He said to ensure drinking water for livestocks the water was supplied through tankers. So far water was supplied in 80 tankers.

Mr Patil said nodal officers were appointed to immediately respond to drinking water problem at Taluk, district and State level.

Toll free telephone numbers were given and control room opened to receive complaints and the officers have been directed to take steps within eight hours failing which disciplinary action will be taken.

The Minister appealed to the Task Forces established under the Legislators to become more active and respond to problems.

'If any officer fails to act or respond to the complaints within stipulated time limit they will not only be held responsible but action would be taken as per law,' Mr Patil added.

He said he would be touring the Districts to inspect drinking water problem and direct steps to solve the problem.

(Posted on 29-04-2014)