Residents of Kairangala and Pajiru on Monday staged a protest demanding action to prevent depletion of groundwater level.
The demonstration was held under the aegis of Kairangala Pajiru Gramastara Sarvajanika Hitarakshana Vedike before the office of the Deputy Commissioner.
The residents of Kambalapadavu, Kairangala, and neighbouring areas expressed concern over depletion of groundwater level because of over exploitation. B. Shivarama Shetty, a resident of Kambalapadavu, said that there has been excessive pumping of groundwater by three persons who were involved in supplying water to several areas in the city. Mr. Shetty said that the three water traders were stocking the pumped water in a 65,000 litre tank and supplying it to various parts of Mangalore.
In the guise of supplying water to various areas, the three transporters were selling it, they said. Despite representations, the district administration has not taken action to prevent the depletion of groundwater.
The residents said several open wells in their areas have gone dry. They were forced to rely on piped water supplied by their gram panchyats for 40 minutes once in three days. The water situation would turn acute if authorities do not take corrective steps, they added.