19 drought-prone villages yet to get drinking water supply

Staff Correspondent

Centre released funds for the purpose over a decade ago

Work on two schemes was launched in 2006

KLAC has sought an additional grant of

Rs. 1.3 crore to complete the works

Raichur: Residents of a cluster of villages in drought-prone areas of Deodurga and Lingsugur taluks of Raichur district are deprived of drinking water supply despite the Union Government approving some schemes under the Rajiv Gandhi National Drinking Water Mission and releasing funds for their implementation over a decade ago.

Fifteen years ago, the Raichur Zilla Panchayat identified that people in 10 villages, including Hirebudur, Chickbudur, Matpalli and Yatgal, in Deodurga taluk and nine villages, including Yerdona, Honnali, Yelagaladinni, Gudadanal, Kuppigudda, Sarjapur and Chickahesarur, in Lingsugur taluk were facing severe shortage of drinking water. As there was no source of water, residents of the villages were going to nearby villages to fetch drinking water.

Action plans

In 1995, the zilla panchayat approved two action plans to augment drinking water supply to these villages under the mission at an estimated cost of Rs. 3.8 crore. It proposed to provide drinking water to the affected villages in Deodurga and Lingsugur taluks by implementing two piped water supply schemes by drawing potable water from nearby sources.

Approving the action plans, the Union Government released Rs. 3.25 crore to implement the schemes. After getting an administrative approval in 1997, the zilla panchayat entrusted the work of implementing the schemes to the Karnataka Land Army Corporation (KLAC) here and directed it to complete them within 18 months. However, the KLAC failed to launch work on the schemes till 2006.

Work on the scheme proposed in Deodurga taluk commenced only two years ago. So far, the agency has completed work on a pump house near Matpalli village and a storage tank near Chickbudur village.

A pipeline is yet to be laid from the pump house to the tank. The agency has expressed its inability to complete remaining works owing to escalation of cost of construction material.

Work on the scheme proposed in Lingsugur taluk was also started two years ago. So far, the agency has constructed a jackwell near the Narayanapura Dam (the source) and an impounding reservoir near Honnali village. Pipeline has been laid between the jackwell and the impounding reservoir.

It has not taken up remaining works for want of electricity connection.

The agency has incurred an expenditure of Rs. 2.8 crore to complete these works in the two taluks. It has not taken up remaining works for want of additional funds.

In a revised estimate submitted to the zilla panchayat recently, the KLAC sought an additional grant of Rs. 1.3 crore to complete the remaining works in the two taluks. However, the zilla panchayat is yet to approve the revised estimate and submit it to the Government for approval.

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