Revenue Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan on Saturday promised to take immediate measures to tackle the increasing scarcity of drinking water in the district.

He was speaking at a meeting convened at the district collectorate on Saturday in order to arrive at a solution to resolve the crisis.

Mr. Radhakrishnan said that the problems that hindered the effective supply of drinking water will be addressed.

As part of the efforts, drawbacks of the existing drinking water schemes will be resolved, water sources will be strengthened and the ongoing maintenance works of tube-wells will be completed at the earliest.

Transport of water

Special facilities will also be arranged to transport drinking water to areas that do not have natural water sources.

He also said that permanent facilities that ensure supply of drinking water round the year must be established in various parts of the district. He also directed officials to ensure proper action is taken against the misuse of drinking water.

Mr. Radhakrishnan said the District Collector can approve the implementation of projects up to Rs. 5 lakh. Works that requires greater expenditure have to be forwarded to the State government.

Mons Joseph, N. Jarayaj, both MLAs; District Panchayat President Radha V. Nair; District Collector Mini Antony; Additional District Magistrate T.V. Subash; and officials of various departments were present at the meeting.