Deputy Commissioner Darpan Jain has promised that the frequency of water supply to villages affected by drought will be increased during summer.

Speaking to presspersons here on Thursday, Mr. Jain said drinking water was being supplied by tankers to 13 villages in Kundagol taluk and one in Hubli taluk.

Villages with recurring drinking water scarcity had been identified and steps were being taken to implement projects that would offer a permanent solution to the problem, he said. Such projects had been initiated to provide drinking water to Kiresur, Koliwad and Shanawad villages and land had been acquired for the construction of tanks for this purpose, he added.

Fodder bank

The Deputy Commissioner said two fodder banks had been set up at Mullolli and Hiregunjal villages, each stocking 19 tonnes of fodder. Another would be set up at Shiraguppi village soon, Mr. Jain said.

Farmers would get 1 kg of fodder for Rs. 2.

All gram panchayats had been directed to ensure removal of silt from tanks under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act as it would help rejuvenate the water table, he added.