Mangaluru, December 4: State minister for minor irrigation, Shivaraj Tangadagi on addressing a press meet here on Wednesday December 3rd, at circuit house has informed that, “Minor irrigation department of Karnataka has planned to install Fibre-reinforced plastic (FRP) in vented dams in Dakshina Kannada, Udupi and Karwar. Initially, it will be installed in the Senapur vented dam in Udupi “.
Minister Shivaraj informed that the government has sanctioned Rs 12 crore for the project and the tender process will commence soon. He also informed that works pertaining to the Senapur project will be finished by March.
“FRP comes as an alternative to the traditional method where flow of water is controlled by placing planks to the vented dams. Once installed, FRPs operate automatically, thus reducing manpower. As there are 87 vents in Senapur”, he added.
“If the initial project becomes successful, similar projects will be undertaken in other parts of the state as well,” he said.
Shivaraj also informed that electrical items in bore-wells will be replaced by solar panels to pump water for agricultural activities. The initiative has been launched under the tribal welfare and special divisional schemes. This facility will be extended to DK next year, he informed.
Though the Yettinahole project falls under the major irrigation department, for the purpose of drinking water, 528 lakes have been categorized under the minor irrigation department. The second phase of tender process will be initiated soon, he said.
Minister Shivaraj said that he will be the president of the Lake Development Authority will soon come into existence. A campaign to vacate lake encroachers will be launched in January through the authority. The authority will focus mainly on South Karnataka. A total of 1,973 lakes are in the southern zone, he said.
He also said, “One lake per Assembly constituency will be taken for development. Hence six lakes in DK will be entitled under the project”.
MLA J R Lobo and officials were present during the press meet.
Minster Shivaraj visited the district Congress office by evening. He said, he was on a tour to the coastal area as instructed by the chief minister that every minister must visit the districts to learn and experience the ground reality and address to the problems of the citizens.
During his visit, Vijaykumar Shetty, T K Sudhir, Kripa Alva and others were present.