Mysore, May 9 UNI | 3 months ago

Control Rooms have been opened at taluk levels in the State with Nodal Officers managing them to tackle the drinking water crisis in rural areas, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said today.

He was speaking to media after holding a meeting with officers of various departments at his residence in Ramakrishnanagar here, with special focus on water crisis looming in the district.

The Chief Minister said that drinking water problem was grave in Yelwal, Jayapura and other villages and water was being supplied in tankers.

He pointed out that the ground water level had dropped too low to be tapped through bore well and so, control rooms have been opened to assist the citizens.

When a reporter brought to his notice that sometimes there would be no response from Control Rooms, Mr Siddaramaiah replied that he would hold the District Administration responsible for that.

He said 1,800 villages in the state were facing acute water shortage and the government had released Rs 502 crore to solve the problem by ensuring adequate supply of water through tankers.

Replying to a question, he said Cabinet expansion and nomination of Chairmen to various Boards and Corporations would be taken up only after the Lok Sabha election results were announced.

(Posted on 10-05-2014)