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GRIEVANCE HEARING: Deputy Commissioner Anjum Parvez presiding over a meeting on drinking water scarcity in Gubarga with Gulbarga Neeru Mathu Nairmalya Horata Samiti president S.K. Kanta in Gulbarga on Saturday.
GRIEVANCE HEARING: Deputy Commissioner Anjum Parvez presiding over a meeting on drinking water scarcity in Gubarga with Gulbarga Neeru Mathu Nairmalya Horata Samiti president S.K. Kanta in Gulbarga on Saturday.

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Deputy Commissioner asks corporation to change over to new system

GULBARGA: It was a deluge of complaints on water supply against the Gulbarga City Corporation by the citizens on the water supply on Saturday. Deputy Commissioner Anjum Parvez had convened a special meeting to study complaints of the scarcity of drinking water in the city in the light of the protest dharna held in front of the Deputy Commissioner's office by the Gulbarga Neeru Mathu Nairmalya Horata Samiti led by the former Minister S.K. Kanta on Friday.

Mayor Chandrika Parameshwar, corporation Commissioner S.P. Mudhol and senior officials of the Karnataka Urban Water Supply and Drainage Board (KUWS&DB) participated in the meeting.

Limited availability

In his opening remarks, the Deputy Commissioner said the daily requirement of the city was around 1.35 lakh gallons of water. Because of the repairs in the main pipeline of the Bennethora River Drinking Water Scheme, and the leaks in the Bhima River Drinking Water Supply Scheme, the corporation was forced to supply drinking water once in three days to the residents.

Because of the delay in changing over from the old drinking water supply scheme to the new remodelled drinking water supply system in the city, some localities continued to get more water than stipulated while other areas were denied their share of water.

This had been the reason for rowing complaints from the citizens of the city about the lack of regular drinking water to their localities.

Mr. Kanta and the residents of various localities complained that the problem of irregular drinking water supply started only after the corporation took over the responsibility of drinking water supply from the KUWS&DB.

Mr. Kanta said even when the city was supplied drinking water from the Bennethora river and now dried up Bhosga tank, the city did not face the kind of scarcity as it was being experienced now.

Corporation blamed

Blaming the corporation officials for "mishandling" the drinking water supply system, Mr. Kanta alleged that an artificial scarcity had been created in the city by the corporation officials to help the lobby of contractors, who supplied water through tankers.

About the criticism over the scarcity of the drinking water in many localities in the city, Mr. Parvez asked the KUWS&DB to depute its Assistant Executive Engineer to the corporation to supervise the drinking water supply system for two months till the onset of monsoon. He asked the corporation to quickly change over to the new distribution system to ensure equitable distribution of drinking water to all localities.

Mr. Parvez asked the officials to take up a survey of localities in the city to identify areas where new pipelines had not been laid and take steps to lay them to ensure regular supply of water.

He asked the corporation to ensure that there was no complaint of irregularities in the supply of water through tankers this summer. He said the corporation should ensure that each tanker supplied water at least eight times a day.

He ordered an inquiry into the specific complaint made by Mr. Kanta that records showed that last year the contractors who were entrusted with the task of supplying water through tankers had made 17 trips a day, which was not possible.

Mr. Parvez said another meeting would be held on April 22 to review the drinking water supply situation.

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