Staff Correspondent

The scheme has been estimated at Rs. 7 crore

Rs. 3.5 crore will

be provided by

the Government

Rs. 2.33 crore released for

2007-08

Madikeri: The State Government has given administrative approval to a project to bring water to Madikeri from the Kundamestri river, 12 km from here, estimated at Rs. 7 crore, according to information received here on Sunday.

Of the amount, Rs. 3.5 crore will be provided as grant by the Government while the rest will be a loan. The Government has released Rs. 2.33 crore for 2007-08 for the implementation of the project.

This has set to rest the tussle between councillors from two major parties in the Madikeri City Municipal Council (CMC). One group of councillors had demanded that the Rs. 20-crore Betri project to bring water from the Cauvery, 21 km from here, be implemented while the other wanted the Kundamestri project. The Betri project was proposed by the Congress Government led by S.M. Krishna.

The Chairman and Managing Director of the Karnataka Urban Water Supply and Drainage Board, following requests from the Madikeri CMC, sent a proposal to the State Government on October 19, 2006, seeking clearance for the project.

The drinking water project from the Kootuhole reservoir was commissioned in two stages – in 1966 and 2003 – but this helped little in tackling the drinking water shortage during summer. In view of this, it was proposed to pump water from the Kundamestri to the Kootuhole reservoir to augment the water level.

The Government, which gave its nod on September 4, 2007, however, laid down conditions that the project should be implemented in a time-bound and transparent manner.

The project cost should not be revised. The water rate proposed by the board should be implemented by the CMC to take care of the operation and maintenance costs, it stipulated.

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