Raghupathy Bhat MLA appeals district administration to supply water through tankers to city immediately

Richard D’Souza
Kemmannu News Network, 08-05-2019 13:38:59

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Udupi : There is acute shortage of drinking water situation in the city. Hence, district administration should take action to supply water to the people in the city by water tankers, said Raghyupathy Bhat, local MLA.



Speaking to media persons during the press meet held at Udupi Press Club on Tuesday, Raghupathy Bhat said that district administration should start supplying water through tankers in all wards of the city limit. But, CMC had given approval to supplying water through tankers in four wards out of 35 wards in the city, he said.

Raghupthy Bhat said that we are helpless now that without power to newly appointed councilors, our hands are shackled. Hence, the deputy commissioner who is in-charge of CMC, should take responsibility to tackle the drinking water crisis in the city by distributing tanker water to the people, he said.



Bhat said that there should not be Mode of code of conduct for the supplying water in the tankers. The water from Baje dam could have been stretched for 40 more days. Presently providing water to the people through tankers is only option available, he said.

Bhat said that every year the water has supplied by tankers starting from February or March itself. But this year even there is acute shortage of water, the distribution of water through tanker yet to start. Tenders should be called for pumping of water two months back. But the tenders were not approved. If water from Shiroor Math, Mani bridge, Bhandari Gundi and mega pit at Puthige Math had been pumped, at least an additional 25 days of water needs of the people could have been met, he said.


He said that water was now pumped by two pumpsets of 120hp each from a large hole at Bhandaribettu to the Baje dam. But it need time to reach the Baje dam. Last year there was rainfall in March. But this year rain yet to start. This had also added to the problem of water crisis in the city, he said.

He said that he had met deputy commissioner along with MP on April 25 on water issues and had urged deputy commissioner to pump water from Baje Dam and distribute the water for needy areas of the city limits.

Bhat said that we can store water for still 45 days. But due to our water distribution management and delay in pumping water, the drinking water crisis occurred, he alleged.

Bhat appealing district administration to start distributes water through tankers to the people of the city immediately.

Raghupathy Bhat also alleged that no preparations have been made so far to  undertake flood relief measures even though the rainy season around the corner. No meetings of officials not any preparation to face the monsoon held so far that sand not extracted from rivers this time and hence it would be possible to over floods in rivers, he said.

Bhat said that special poojas to be held at various temples in the city including Sri Krishna, Anantheshwari temple and other temples, mosques and churches to seeking divine intervention for causing rains, he said.

Prabhakar Poojary, Manjunath Manipal, Girish Achan, Balakrishna and other CMC councilors were present during the press meet.


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