Parts of Mysore city reeling under acute water shortage
World Water Day, observed on March 22 to create awareness on the judicious and sustainable use of water, had little relevance to the people in some parts of the city as they are going without regular water supply for days.
While there was no official programme to mark the occasion, irate residents staged protests against the alleged official apathy, on Thursday.
Councillor Shankar sat on a dharna near the Ramakrishna Nagar water tank from dawn till noon. He was supported by residents from the locality. The residents alleged that the water supply to the area was irregular and despite the MCC promising to mitigate the crisis, there was no substantial improvement in the situation.
Mayor Pushpalatha Chikkanna and other MCC officials reached the spot and appealed for the withdrawal of the dharna and promised help to tide over the crisis.
Activists of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) staged a demonstration to highlight the irony of celebrating World Water Day when the philosophy of “water for all” was being diluted with privatisation of water supply.
The party said natural resources meant for public good was being exploited by private agencies.
K. Basavaraju, district secretary of the CPI (M), said the MCC should terminate the memorandum of understanding with Jamshedpur Utilities and Services Company Ltd., which was supplying water to the city.
Water supply has been irregular at Janata Nagar, near T.K. Layout, Gayatripuram, Kuvempunagar, Vishweshwar Nagar and parts of Udayagiri, Kalyanagiri, and Sarawathipuram.
However, according to sources, there is sufficient water in the reservoirs to meet the drinking water requirements of the city . The depleting water-level at the Krishna Raja Sagar and other dams may affect only irrigation.
Water supply to Mysore was not affected when the KRS attained the dead storage level of below 68 ft almost 10 years ago. But in contrast, the water- level at the KRS on Thursday was 102.65 ft against the full reservoir level of 124.8 ft, and the live storage in the dam was 16.58 tmcft which proves that mismanagement and faulty distribution network was at the core of the issue.
Areas affected include Janata Nagar, Gayatripuram and parts of Udayagiri There's sufficient water in the reservoirs to meet the drinking water requirements of the city
Areas affected include Janata Nagar, Gayatripuram and parts of Udayagiri
There's sufficient water in the reservoirs to meet the drinking water requirements of the city