The initiative launched jointly by the K.H. Patil Foundation and Rural Medical Service Society, Gadag, to help rural people establish their own facility to get purified drinking water, officially reached Haveri district on Friday, when the water purification unit was inaugurated in Agadi village.
Residents of Agadi and the gram panchayat had joined hands with the foundation and the society in setting up the facility in their village for getting purified water at 10 paise a litre.
The former Minister Basavaraj N. Shivannavar inaugurated the unit by inserting a one rupee coin to get 10 litres of purified water. The former Minister H.K. Patil and the former president of zilla panchayat Kotreshappa Baseganni were present.
The event was part of an awareness campaign launched by the former Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council and Congress leader H.K. Patil in villages in north Karnataka region to sensitise the residents on the cooperative model. Mr. Patil had begun his tour from Hebasur village in Hubli taluk on Wednesday.
Mr. Patil, Srinivas Mane, MLC, and others explained to the people about the importance of the scheme and exhorted them to spread the message of the cooperative initiative.
Later, Mr. Patil, accompanied by others, visited Katenahalli in Byadgi taluk, where the residents came forward to adopt the model. However, they urged the foundation to extend some financial assistance.
In Kadakol village of Savanur taluk, the residents sought only technical assistance from the foundation and said that they would mobilise the funds.
They even got the bhoomi puja for a building to house the facility performed by Mr. Patil.
They announced that the building would be constructed with prefabricated structures and make all efforts to get the unit operational by May 1.