Mangalore, April 15
DAKSHINA Kannada district authorities have taken up works to the tune of Rs 77 lakh to tackle water scarcity in various taluks. These works include supply of water through tankers, cleaning of open wells and repairing of borewells in the district.
Addressing newspersons here on Friday, the district in-charge Minister, Mr Jabbar Khan Honnali, said that a Rs 6-crore estimation has been prepared to tackle water scarcity in the district. The Karnataka Chief Secretary has agreed to release Rs 1 crore immediately.
The Minister said that water will be supplied in Mangalore city once in two days. Prior to this, the city was getting water once in three days due to the fall in the storage level at Tumbe vented dam.
Apart from Tumbe dam, water is being sourced from 50 borewells in the city. Another 25 borewells will be used for water supply soon.
Asked about the construction of a second vented dam at Tumbe to supply water to Mangalore city, he said the Mangalore City Corporation has been asked to submit a blueprint in this regard. The Government is ready to give Rs 20 crore for the construction of the second vented dam, Mr Honnali said.
The Government has also taken up rainwater harvesting projects in the district. Members of the Dakshina Kannada Zilla Panchayat have taken up 30 rainwater harvesting projects in their constituencies at a cost of Rs 12 lakh.
The Minister said that he will review the water scarcity situation in the district next month.