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21 more villages facing acute drinking water crisis in Mysore

As many as 21 more villages are gripped by an acute drinking water crisis in the district. The district administration has begun supplying water to these villages through tankers. With this, the total number of villages that are facing acute drinking water shortage comes up to 39.

Earlier, nine villages in Mysuru taluk and eight villages in Nanjangud taluk were dealing with the drinking water problem. These are being provided water through tankers for some time now.

Over 227 villages are likely to face acute drinking water scarcity across the district during the summer. The district administration is adopting measures to face such an eventuality.

A. Manjunath, Executive Engineer, Rural Drinking Water Supply and Sanitation Department, told The Hindu on Sunday that works such as drilling of new borewells, hydrofracturing and deepening of borewells were being taken up in the district using MLA’s special grants and also Calamity Relief Funds (CRF) funds.

Works to drill over 102 new borewells were in progress under the MLA’s special grants while hydrofracturing, deepening of bore wells and laying and extension of pipelines were taken up under CSR funding.

The MLAs of the eight constituencies of the district, after reviewing the water problem in villages under their jurisdiction, have approved certain works at the task force committee meetings. Only such works had been taken up, Mr. Manjunath said. He further stated that over 362 works including drilling of borewells, repairing of overhead tanks, hydrofracturing, deepening and extension of pipelines were taken up at a total cost of ₹480 lakh.

To a question, Mr. Manjunath responded that there was no restriction on the drilling of new borewells to meet drinking water needs. However, the drilling of new borewells for irrigation purposes was restricted, he said. He further stated that drilling of new borewells was not allowed under CRF funds, while MLAs special grants could be used the same.

Meanwhile many gram panchayats (GP), including Piriyapatna GP, have adopted measures to provide drinking water on their own.

D. Randeep, Deputy Commissioner of Mysuru district, and Shivashankar, Chief Executive Officer, zilla panchayat, were reviewing the drinking water status in the villages on a daily basis. They have instructed the executive officers of the taluk panchayats, panchayat development officers (PDOs), and other officials to inform the district administration if there was water scarcity in any villages falling under their jurisdiction.

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