Mangalore, May 18: After the inspection of construction work of a vented dam at Thumbay in Bantwal taluk newly elected MLA from Mangalore south constituency JR Lobo revealed that people don’t have to worry for water scarcity in the city at least for a month.
Admitting that there was a problem in supply of drinking water for the past two days in the city, Lobo said problem was not due to scarcity of water in the river. Disruption in of water supply to the city was due to technical problems of three pumps, which meant to supply drinking water to the city, he added.
The residents should not worry about drinking water as there is enough storage in the dam and meanwhile there were disruptions in power supply also, he said
Speaking about the slow progress of the newly vented dam work, Lobo said contractor was not finishing the work as per the schedule. If the contractor delays the work unnecessarily, their contract will be cancelled, he said.
He added that Rs 15.5 crore was already paid to the contractor and Rs 19.7 crore is still with Mangalore City Corporation (MCC) and hence there is no question of crunch in fund but undue delay from the contractor side is the only reason for the delay in the construction, he clarified.
Answering the question posed by the media reporters about the proposed plan of privatizing 24×7 water supply, he said there is nothing harm in doing so but will be responded suitably only after doing his research, he said.
He further said that though residents were being supplied water 24×7, they do not intend to hike water tariff.
Earlier, Lobo conducted a meeting and sought suggestions from MCC commissioner Harish Kumar K, Karnataka urban water supply assistant executive engineer Srirangaraju, MCC superintending engineer B S Balakrishna,corporator Lancelot Pinto and others.
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