Concern over drinking water problem

Raising concern over the acute drinking water problem in his constituency; Nagathan, and in other parts of the district, MLA Devanand Chavan, asked in an angry tone district in-charge Minister M.C. Managuli to keep officials in control to ensure adequate supply of drinking water in the rural areas. Participating in the quarterly Karnataka Development Programme (KDP) meeting on Monday, he indirectly mentioned that Mr. Managuli did not have control over officials which is why the works relating to drinking water are not being taken seriously. Referring to the multi-village scheme taken up in his constituency, Mr. Chavan said that the project, which was supposed to have been completed within a year, is not ready even after three years. Looking towards the officials, he said that they must not show any laxity in completing work related to drinking water projects. “People are not asking for mineral water; they are simply seeking potable water. The officials are unable to supply even that water despite the government granting adequate funds,” he remarked. Showing documents related to various projects which are being taken up in his constituency, the MLA said that if he goes on listing out the delay, it would take hours to complete. Intervening in the matter, Deputy Commissioner Sanjay Shettennavar said that a majority of the multi-village schemes are facing similar issues in the State where they are being delayed for one reason or the other. He, however, directed the officials of the Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Department to make alternate arrangements to supply drinking water in rural areas. Earlier, Additional Deputy Commissioner Prasanna said that 74 villages are being supplied drinking water through tankers. He said that so far, no goshala has been opened in the district. However, fodder banks have been set up in nine places where fodder is sold at Rs. 2 a kg to farmers. He also said that steps have been taken to prevent transportation of fodder to other States. While reviewing the work of the Veterinary Department, the official said that the department has been facing shortage of staff with at least 20 more employees needed. During the meeting, a cheque for Rs. 2 lakh each was given to family members of those who died in a road accident in Maharashtra a year ago.

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