Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly Siddaramaiah urged Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar on Tuesday to release at least Rs. 2 crore to each taluk and city/town for supplying n drinking water to the people as the water crisis had escalated in the State.

Earlier, Mr. Siddaramaiah and Janata Dal (Secular) leader H.D. Revanna moved adjournment motions demanding supply of water, which was rejected by Speaker K.G. Bopaiah. However, he allowed a discussion on the issue under other rules.

He said the situation would worsen during the summer, and warned that the people might revolt and irregular power cuts had put irrigation pump sets out of use. The groundwater table had dropped in several areas compounding the problem.

Mr. Siddaramaiah advised Mr. Shettar to entrust the responsibility of ensuring supply of water to legislators. He urged Deputy Chief Minister K.S. Eshwarappa, who holds the twin portfolios of Revenue and Rural Development and Panchayat Raj to expedite measures.

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