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Gulbarga ZP submits detailed report to the government seeking funds

ZP identifies 381 villages likely to face drinking water shortage

279 new borewells proposed at a cost of Rs. 1.29 crore

GULBARGA: The Gulbarga Zilla Panchayat has prepared an action plan of Rs. 5.60 crore for tackling the drinking water crisis expected during this summer in the rural areas. It has submitted a detailed report to the government seeking funds for providing relief to the people.

Chief Executive Officer of the zilla panchayat P.C. Jaffer told The Hindu here on Wednesday that the zilla panchayat had identified 381 villages in the district likely to face severe shortage of drinking water during this summer.

He said that while the Gulbarga Sub-division of the Zilla Panchayat Engineering Division had the highest number of 205 villages likely to face shortage of drinking water, the Yadgir Sub-division had 176 villages. As per the action plan, the zilla panchayat proposed to drill 279 new borewells at a cost of Rs. 1.29 crore.

The action plan also proposed mini water schemes wherever borewells had a high yield and had sought Rs. 2.24 crore for laying pipeline, fixing motors and erecting cisterns.

Apart from this, the zilla panchayat proposes to fix single-phase motors for borewells.

A sum of Rs. 1.60 crore had been sought for repairing existing drinking water supply schemes which had developed repairs and had become dysfunctional.

Referring to borewells that had dried due to as fall in groundwater levels, Mr. Jaffer said that a detailed action plan had been drawn up to flush those (216) borewells that had gone dry. As many as 131 borewells would be re-drilled in the district at a cost of Rs. 31.65 lakh.

Control rooms in the taluk headquarters and a 24-hour helpline for people to register complaints of drinking water shortage in villages would be set up as had been done last year.

A technical team to take up repairs of faulty borewells and electrical works would also be deployed.

Apart from this, a review meeting would be chaired by the zilla panchayat chief executive officer and the deputy commissioner every fortnight to review the drinking water situation in the district.