Jaimala, Minister for Women and Child Development, said on Wednesday that drinking water works would be given priority in the district as peak summer was approaching.
Addressing presspersons after the tri-monthly Karnataka Development Programme (KDP) meeting, Ms. Jaimala said the District-level Task Force and Taluk-level Task Forces on drinking water had been directed to meet regularly and deal with any problem of water scarcity.
Already 19 vented dams had been constructed by the Minor Irrigation Department in different parts of the district. Only the construction of eight vented dams was remaining. The leakage in the vented dam at Kaduhole would be plugged.
She would take up the issue of farmers living in the backwaters of Baje dam, against the Swarna river, demanding water for their crops with the Deputy Commissioner. Officers had been told to give power connection to the pump sets under the Ganga Kalyana scheme and take up construction of open wells under the scheme.
Tenders had been called for removal of excess sand from 23 sand blocks in the non-Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) areas in the district, while excess sand removed from seven sand blocks was being used for government projects. Excess sand would also be removed from eight sand bars in the CRZ areas. People would be told of where the sand was available and its price.
Officers of the National Highways Authority of India had been told that the widening work of National Highway 66 was progressing at a snail’s pace in the district. Proposals had been submitted for the construction of service roads in 11 places on the highway. Officers had been directed to complete these works soon.
The district was yet to get grants under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme. The State government had already brought this matter to the notice of the Union government.
Fifty acres of land would be provided for the Koti Chennayya Theme Park in Karkala. A children’s book park, a food court, light and sound show, and a toy train would also be introduced at the park.
Relief of ₹8.7 crore had been provided to 6,253 arecanut growers whose arecanut crop had been affected by ‘Kole Roga’. A proposal for setting up 28 more anganwadi centres in the district had been submitted, Ms. Jaimala said.
Hephsiba Rani Korlapati, Deputy Commissioner, Sindhu B. Rupesh, CEO of the Udupi Zilla Panchayat, and Nisha James, Superintendent of Police, were present.