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‘Violation of norms for digging borewells will be sternly dealt with’

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DC to issue circular on implementation of water schemes

DISCUSSIoN:T.K. Anil Kumar, Secretary, Urban Development (left), at a review meeting in Shimoga on Monday. K.B. Prasanna Kumar (second from left), MLA, and Deputy Commissioner Vipul Bansal(right) are seen.— Photo: VAIDYA
DISCUSSIoN:T.K. Anil Kumar, Secretary, Urban Development (left), at a review meeting in Shimoga on Monday. K.B. Prasanna Kumar (second from left), MLA, and Deputy Commissioner Vipul Bansal(right) are seen.— Photo: VAIDYA

Deputy Commissioner Vipul Bansal has said that a circular will soon be issued on how to use the water from private borewells within 500-m radius of public borewells in places where there is acute shortage of drinking water in the district.

According to the existing laws, digging private borewells within 500-m radius of public borewells is barred. However, in many places, private parties had dug borewells in violation of the law. In places where there was acute shortage of drinking water, the water from such private borewells would be drawn for at least five hours a day to tide over the situation. The tahsildars would be directed to identify such unauthorised borewells in places facing drinking water scarcity, he said on Monday at a meeting here on drinking water problem.

Chief Executive Officer of Shimoga Zilla Panchayat, Sasikanth Senthil, in his address, said that an action plan to implement 245 drinking water projects in the district had been drawn up. The government had so far released Rs. 8.88 crore under various heads for drinking water schemes. There was no dearth of fodder for cattle in the district, he said.

The Agriculture Department officials informed the meeting that ample stock of fertilizer and sowing seeds had been maintained for the monsoon season.

District in-charge Secretary T.K. Anil Kumar said that Rs. 42 lakh each had been released for all taluks for immediately taking up drinking water projects in villages where there were severe crises. The Assistant Commissioners should visit the villages reeling under drinking water-related problems. Tahsildars, executive officers of taluk panchayats and assistant executive engineers of zilla panchayat should work in tandem to address drinking water problems, he said.

He directed the officials of urban local bodies to ensure regular supply of drinking water to anganwadi centres in their limits.

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