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Corporation urged to chalk out water policy for Mysore city

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Storage capacity of Krishna Raja Sagar dam is 49 tmc ft. Water required for Mysore is approximately 1 tmc ft. a day

MYSORE: The Association of Concerned and Informed Citizens of Mysore (ACICM) has urged Mysore City Corporation Commissioner to formulate a water policy for the city.

There is frequent disruption in supply to many areas in the city, some of which receive water only once in three days despite Mysore being flanked by two major rivers, the association said. It contended that the MCC should formulate short-term, medium-term and long-term policies in view of the projected growth of the city and come out with an action plan to solve the water crisis.

Making a presentation to Commissioner Chandrashekar, association convenor Lakshman said the storage capacity of Krishna Raja Sagar dam is 49 tmc ft. whereas the amount of water required for Mysore is approximately 1 tmc ft. or about 218 million litres a day.

It has been established that for a city of the size of Mysore (with a population of 10 lakhs), each resident has to be supplied 135 litres of water a day. It works out to 192 million litres daily if industrial use and other losses are taken into account.

Given the availability of water in plenty, there is no need for the city to suffer acute scarcity every year, the association said. It called for repair of all the gates at crossover points across the Varuna, Right Bank Low Level, Devaraya Canal, Chikkadevaraya Canal, and Sethikatte Barrage. It also called for increasing the strength of engineering staff to at least 16 from the present six. It also urged the MCC to appoint a microbiologist.

The association called for constituting special squads to detect illegal connections and collect water dues. It underlined the need to start work on the second stage of Melapura Water Works.

The medium-term plan includes removal of silt in Varuna Canal and the Right Bank Low Level Canal to augment their storage capacity. The association called for mapping the entire network of water pipes in the city.

The association said there is duplication of water supply routes owing to lack of knowledge about pipe network.

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