Bangalore, May 7 UNI | 3 months ago

Following alarming depletion of ground water level in 35 taluks of 12 Districts, the Karnataka Government has decided to restrict permission for drilling new borewells, Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs T B Jayachandra said today.

Addressing reporters here, he said the government would restrict even farmers who wanted to drill borewells that leads to over exploitation of ground water.

'We are launching awareness campaign to educate farmers on the ills of indiscriminate drilling of borewells. The government will take strict action against those who decline to obey the order,' he said.

On drinking water, which had become a contentious issue amid severe drought conditions in many parts of the State,

Mr Jayachandra said a meeting of all Deputy Commissioners and Zilla Panchayat CEOs will be held here tomorrow in the presence of Chief Minister Siddaramaiah.

The meeting would also discuss steps to be taken to rejuvenate ground water in a scientific manner from the next monsoon season.

On some private sugar mill owners refusing to pay the minimum support price prescribed by the government for sugar cane purchased, he said Deputy Commissioners have been asked to take strict action as per law.

Meanwhile Minister for Urban Development Quamarul Islam said his department will ensure sufficient drinking water supply in all urban areas in the state during summer.

'We will extensively supply water in tankers in places where there is shortage of drinking water. The local bodies have been asked to brace up to tackle the challenge,' he said.

The Congress Government in state had come under attack by opposition BJP which submitted a memorandum to Governor H R Bhardwaj earlier in the day 'to galvanise defunct Congress Government in the State', which failed to provide enough drinking water to people reeling under intense summer.

(Posted on 08-05-2014)