Mangaluru, April 2: District in-charge minister Ramanath Rai addressing a meeting on Wednesday April 1st, at the DC’s office here, Rai said, in Dakshina Kannada district, during the monsoons we receive heavy rainfall and in summer season, we face acute scarcity of water. In order to tackle water scarcity problem, we have put in place all the necessary arrangements.
He further informed that, it has been decided to grant Rs 40 lakh to each rural constituency of the district to make all necessary arrangements to meet the drinking water needs of the people. We are yet to receive funds from the central government under natural disaster relief fund. Once we receive the funds, it will be utilized together with state funds to resolve to water scarcity in the district, he said.
Places that face acute water scarcity will be provided water through tanks. I urge the public not to panic or worry about water scarcity, he said.
Health minister U T Khadar said, if there is any concern, immediately bring it to the notice of the local officer, he said. He also instructed the officials to utilize the funds properly. Under the MCC jurisdiction, install meters to provide water for places such as Adyar, Arkula and Pudu panchayats and charges for the same can be collected, he said.
MLA J R Lobo said that as of now, there are three pipelines from Thumbe dam supplying water to the city. The water supply through these pipes at points to the concerned Gram Panchayats should be legalized and unauthorized connections must be corrected, he said.
DC suggested that in order to avoid the reduction of the ground water level, it is mandatory to ensure refuelling measures in the city corporations which needs to be implemented.
Malaria drive from April 14th :
Along with H1N1, threats of contagious diseases such as malaria, dengue, cholera and chikungunya has to be addressed during the monsoon season. Hence in the wake of preventing malaria, on April 14th a drive will be organised, said Minister UT Khader
During the meet, DC A B Ibrahim, ZP president Asha Thimmappa Gowda, ZP CEO Srividya, were present along with others.