Committee reviews drought situation

Between August 1 and August 25, 264 mm rain occurred against the normal rainfall of 359 mm in Mysuru division.

As per statistics furnished by the district administration, 80 hoblis in the eight districts under Mysuru division have received deficit rainfall. Ground water has depleted considerably in Kadur taluk of Chikkamagaluru district, and Bantwal and Puttur taluks of Dakshina Kannada due to excessive use of ground water. Of the 487 tanks coming under the minor irrigation, 48 per cent of tanks have dried. As many as 24 taluks of eight districts of the Mysuru division have been declared as drought-hit, including seven taluks of Mandya, three taluks of Chamarajanagar, seven taluks of Hassan, two taluks of Chikkamagaluru, two taluks of Kodagu and three taluks of Mysuru district. At least another six to eight taluks of the eight districts of Mysuru division are likely to be declared as drought hit soon.

Deputy Commissioner of Chamarajanagar told the meeting held by the Cabinet sub-committee here today that 173 villages in the district were likely to face drinking water shortage. He said that there was no fodder shortage in the district. Over 84 bore wells were dug in the past few months, he said, adding that over 230 bore wells may be dug in the next two months.

The Deputy Commissioner of Chikkamagaluru said that though there was scarcity of potable water in some villages, none required water to be supplied by tankers. Lingaiah, MLA, said that coffee, cardamom, arecanut and pepper crops were damaged. The Deputy Commissioner from Kodagu said that sowing had been completed in over 88 per cent area and he that except Virajpet and Madikeri, the remaining parts of the Kodagu district had received normal rain fall.

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