Councillors stage dharna in the House

The general body meeting of the Kolar City Municipal Council (CMC) witnessed uproarious scenes on Tuesday with a couple of members staging a dharna.

Councillors Tyagaraj, Shafiulla, Ravindra and Jaffer rushed to the well to stage a protest in front of the municipal president Nazia who was presiding over the meeting while the issue of drinking water was being taken up for discussion.

The members alleged that residents in their wards were suffering due to lack of water supply (through tankers) for more than a week now.

They condemned the statement by the council authorities that the drinking water problem had been solved in the city.

Many wards had not been supplied water, though six tube-wells had been drilled under the drought relief funds, Mr. Ravindra said.

The members withdrew the dharna after the meeting adopted a resolution saying that water will be supplied through tankers on priority basis to the wards facing acute shortage.

Water tax

The meeting also discussed collecting water tax from citizens to meet the guidelines set by the Union government for releasing funds to the Yergol drinking water project.

When municipal commissioner Mahendra Kumar said that the Union government may not release funds unless the prescribed percentage of water cess was collected from the citizens, member V.K. Rajesh suggested that a letter should be written to the Union government explaining the water problem in the region.

The meeting deliberated collecting taxes from commercial complexes and initiating action against unauthorised hoardings.

  • Water not supplied for more than a week now

  • Meeting decides to supply water on priority