Vishwa Kundapura

Kolar: Summer is here and residents of Kolar are feeling the heat. Many parts of the district are reeling under acute shortage of potable water.

Kolar district depends on rain for its water requirements in the absence of any rivers or ponds. Although households are getting water in Kolar on alternate days, residents have to pay Rs. 1.50 for a pot of potable water.

"Besides paying money for water, we have to wait hours together for the tankers to come," said Shantamma, a homemaker in Gowripet.

About 400 villages in the district are likely to face drinking water scarcity during summer, according to one estimate.

Sources said 124 villages in Srinivaspur taluk and 123 villages in Malur taluk under Kolar sub-division are already reeling under scarcity. Sixty nine villages in Kolar taluk, 25 villages each in Bangarpet and Mulbagal taluks face water problem. Fourteen villages in Bagepalli taluk, eight in Sidlaghatta taluk, seven in Chintamani taluk, five in Chickballapur taluk and four villages in Gauribidnur taluk are said to be facing severe water scarcity.

It is estimated that Rs. 6.61 crore would be required to ensure water supply in Kolar sub-division and Chickballapur sub-division would need Rs. 80 lakh. District in-charge Minister Alangur Srinivas said effort would be made to get funds from State Government for water supply schemes.