Staff Correspondent

Bidar: Former Minister and MLA Mirajuddin Patel has sought an inquiry into the "poor quality" of work carried out for Karanja Lift Irrigation Project.

He told presspersons in Humnabad on Saturday that owing to some technical fault, water released from the lift irrigation scheme was not reaching the fields. "It is flowing back to the reservoir. We need to rectify the fault," he said.

The Rs. 3.5-crore scheme is intended to water 10,000 acres of land.

Drinking water from the Karanja reservoir would be supplied to Humnabad and Chitaguppa towns and 10 other villages. The project had been approved and preliminary pumping and storing experiments conducted, Mr. Patel said.

Karnataka Urban Water Supply Board, which was implementing the scheme, would spend Rs. 19 crore in laying pipes for a stretch of 26 km from Karanja dam site to Humnabad, he said.

Water would be pumped to a storage tank built at an elevation along the Mumbai-Hyderabad national highway and supplied to homes. A water purification plant would be set up at Kabirabad Wadi Cross, Mr. Patel said.