‘People have been complaining of abdominal pain, diarrhoea and vomiting'
People of Moodushedde village — known for its proximity to Pilikulula Biological Park on the outskirts of the city — are forced to consume water that has been declared unfit for human consumption.
This came to light at the monthly meeting of the Mangalore Taluk Panchayat here on Tuesday.
The issue was raised by Moodushedde member Harish K. who said people had been complaining of vomiting, diarrhoea, and pain in abdomen and the authorities concerned who tested the source of water twice had confirmed that it was unfit for human consumption.
People had been complaining about these issues for more than a month now, he said and added that the problem had subsided for some time but there had been fresh cases of vomiting, diarrhoea, and stomach pain again in the past few days.
He said although the matter had been raised, action had not been taken. He exposed the officials who had given written statement at Tuesday's meeting that a borewell had been sunk and that this had solved the problem.
Pointing out the statement was far from truth, he said the borewell, approved much before the problem surfaced, had been sunk in a far-off place (Padushedde village) and hardly benefited the affected people. Mr. Harish said the problem had been brought to the notice of the district in-charge Minister J. Krishna Palemar.
He rubbished the claim of the officials that water was being supplied through tankers. He said local panchayat had a huge pending bill towards water supplied through tankers in the past and it was not in a position to help the situation.
Officials said that another borewell would be sunk in the village if the taluk panchayat got the necessary sanctions from the State government. The discussion on the issue ended abruptly with the official saying that someone had to find a solution to the problem.
Earlier, members alleged that officials had failed to address the serious shortage of water in areas such as Asaigloli. A member angrily commented that the task forces headed by MLAs were serving only the interests of the legislators and not that of the people.
Mohammed K., who represents Manjanady, raised the issue of rampant illegal sand mining in the taluk. He said illegal transport of sand to Kerala had continued unabated and even alleged that many legislators and Ministers were responsible for it. Reacting sharply to this, MLA U.T. Khader said if proper investigations were carried into sand mining, many local leaders would be exposed.
He suggested that taluk panchayat should bring this to the notice of the Government in writing.
Members expressed displeasure over pending applications of people for sites. They said the Government, which had earlier announced that it would issue title deeds to villagers who have constructed on government lands measuring 5 cents, had suddenly reduced the size by half without clarifying the fate of those who had buildings on 5 cent lands and had applied for title deeds. The meeting failed to throw light on how couple could seek benefits of Bhagyalakshmi scheme where the newly married woman's name did not figure in the BPL card.
Officials face the heat at the taluk panchayat meeting Water not supplied through tankers for want of funds
Officials face the heat at the taluk panchayat meeting
Water not supplied through tankers for want of funds