Mangalore; Sept 04: With water supply to the city dropping alarmingly by over 40%, the city corporation has warned of criminal action against people siphoning off drinking water from the 1,000 mm 18 Million Gallons per day (MGD) water supply line.
The corporation has given violators a fortnight’s time to remove illegal connections.
The 1,000mm line supplies drinking water to Bendore and Panambur water filtration and reservoir units from the Thumbe pumping station in Bantwal taluk.
According to the corporation superintending engineer Kantharaj the illegal activity came to light after the water situation started getting precarious with water levels in corporation’s storage reservoirs started dipping alarmingly. “The situation has reached such proportions that rationing of water may have to be resorted to if the situation does not improve,” he said adding the corporation had received several complaints from the public regarding water shortage.
A survey by the city corporation officials found out that water was being siphoned enroute at Adyar, Berpugudde, Adyar Katte, Adyar panchayat Road, Somanath Katte Garage, Valachil, Kukkadakatte, Yashaswi Hall, Farangipet, Sujeer, Arkula minor Bridge, Farangipet Police Chowki, Maripalla, near Thumbe School, Mahalingeshwara temple, and others areas by residents and villagers.
The engineer pointed out that the enroute villages of Thumbe, Pudu, Kalligegram panchayats were being supplied water through the 2.25 MGD old pipeline at an annual cost of Rs 45 lakh.