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Rs. 47 cr. released to tackle drinking water shortage

Another Rs. 50 crore to be released by the end of March

Municipal Administration and Minority Affairs Minister Qamarul Islam has said that the government is fully prepared to tackle drinking water shortage in urban and rural areas during summer till the onset of monsoon in the State.

Briefing presspersons after chairing a review meeting here on Wednesday on shortage of drinking water and fodder for cattle in the district, Mr. Qamarul Islam said that Rs. 47 crore has been released to all urban local bodies in the State for the purpose. Directions have also been issued to prepare action plan for tackling the problem in urban local bodies till the onset of monsoon.

The Minister said that the government will release another Rs. 50 crore by the end of March to all urban local bodies in this connection. Referring to the drinking water situation in urban local bodies in Kalaburagi district, Mr. Qamarul Islam said that the situation was serious in Kalaburagi, Jewargi and Aland towns and steps have been taken to tackle the problem effectively.

He said that .2 tmcft of water was being released from Kallur Barrage across the Bhima to Saradagi Barrage which would be enough to provide drinking water to Kalaburagi till mid-June.

A portion of the released water from Kallur would be released to the Kattisangavi intake well in the Bhima to provide drinking water to Jewargi town also.

Instructions have been issued to officials to prepare an action plan to meet the drinking water shortage in Aland town.

The level in the Amarja Dam, which provides drinking water to Aland town, had reached dead storage. In Kalaburagi district, water was being supplied through tankers to 88 villages. Of them, 81 are in Aland, four in Chincholi and the remaining in Afzalpur, Sedam and Chittapur taluks. The taluk-level task force committees headed by the MLAs have been asked to prepare action plans.

Mr. Qamarul Islam said that the situation is likely to deteriorate in the coming days and the district administration is gearing up to take up supply of water through tankers in at least 300 villages likely to face shortage of drinking water.

On the fodder situation, he said that the district administration has opened 27 fodder banks and fodder was being provided at a subsidised cost of Rs. 3 a kg. It has opened six goshalas, including one private goshala, in the district. The district administration was ready to open 10 more goshalas.

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