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Taking stock: B. Parthasarathy, member of the Karnataka State Human Rights Commission, inspecting work on a drinking water supply scheme at Singhanahalli in Arsikere taluk on Thursday.
Taking stock: B. Parthasarathy, member of the Karnataka State Human Rights Commission, inspecting work on a drinking water supply scheme at Singhanahalli in Arsikere taluk on Thursday.

Shama Sunder

The water in villages in Arsikere and Belur taluk is fluoride-affected

229 villages in Arsikere taluk are fluoride affected: report

181 affected villages will be covered under

the scheme in the second stage

HASSAN: Fifty-eight fluoride-affected villages in Arsikere taluk and 12 villages in Belur taluk will get protected drinking water from the Yagachi by September 2010, member of the Karnataka State Human Rights Commission B. Parthasarathy has said.

Work on the protected drinking water supply scheme has been taken up at a cost of Rs. 18.83 crore.

Mr. Parthasarathy inspected implementation of the work on the scheme in Arsikere taluk on Thursday.

Speaking to The Hindu at Byrambudi village, Mr. Parthasarathy said that a few years ago residents of the affected villages gave a representation to the commission complaining about fluorosis. The commission forwarded their representation to the Rural Development and Panchayat Raj (RDPR) Department and got funds sanctioned for implementation of the scheme.

Hassan-based Malnad Engineering College authorities had surveyed all the fluoride-affected villages in the taluk, collected the water samples, and sent a report to the Government.

According to the survey report, the water in 229 villages in Arsikere taluk is fluoride-affected.

Superintending Engineer of the RDPR Department, Mysore circle, Ramachandraiah informed Mr. Parthasarathy that in the first stage 70 affected villages — 58 in Arsikere taluk and 12 in Belur taluk that are close to the Yagachi — would be covered under the scheme.

A sum of Rs. 18.83 crore has been released under the Rajiv Gandhi Drinking Water Mission for implementation of the scheme. Water from the Yagachi will be pumped to the main purification plant. After purification, the water will be supplied to six tanks in Arsikere taluk and one in Belur taluk, from where it will supplied to the affected villages through pipes.

Chief Executive Engineer of the Hassan Zilla Panchayat M.R. Balakrishna informed Mr. Parthasarathy that an express feeder line of 11 kV had been drawn to pump water from the Yagachi to the purification plant and then to the seven tanks.

Proposal

He said that another 181 affected villages in Banavara, Javagal and Kanakatte hoblis of Arsikere taluk would be covered under the scheme in the second stage. A proposal in this regard had been submitted to the Government seeking release of Rs. 60.45 crore. In the third stage, 24 affected villages in Gandsi hobli of Arsikere taluk and the surrounding 104 villages would be covered under the scheme with the Hemavathi as source at a cost of Rs. 26.4 crore. Mr. Parthasarathy advised the engineers to include those villages through which the main pipeline passes under the scheme. He also advised them to speed up the work.

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