Officials asked to prepare estimates for mini-drinking water schmes
HASSAN: Minister for Public Works and Energy H.D. Revanna said the Government had sanctioned Rs. 5 crore for providing drinking water to 50 villages in Sakleshpur taluk.
Addressing the Karnataka Development Programme meeting in Hassan on Wednesday, Mr. Revanna said there was no dearth of funds for providing drinking water during summer and advised the zilla panchayat engineering division to drill borewells wherever necessary.
He directed officials to prepare estimates for mini-drinking water supply schemes in villages with a population of up to 3,000. He said Arsikere, Chennaraypatna, Belur and Holenarsipur had been declared as drought-affected areas. He urged the zilla panchayat to pass a resolution to declare Hassan, Arakalgud, Sakleshpur and Alur also as drought affected and send the resolution to Government along with details of rainfall. He said Government had sanctioned Rs. 2 crore each for drought-affected taluks. Mr. Revanna objected to the construction of water tanks in front of the main door of schools and directed the Deputy Director Public Instruction to see to it that they were constructed in a corner of the compound. A sum of Rs 2.84 crore had been released for this purpose. Zilla panchayat president Annappa Shetty, CEO F.R. Jamaadar and zilla panchayat vice-president Kamakshi Raju were present.
Earlier Mr. Revanna inaugurated a training programme for zilla panchayat members on Chikungunya arranged by the Health Department.