KARNATAKA

Installation of filter units questioned

Making a point: The president of the Kodagu zilla panchayat, V.M. Vijaya (centre), at the KDP meeting in Madikeri on Wednesday. Vice-president Anita (left) and CEO A.B. Ibrahim (right) are also seen.

Making a point: The president of the Kodagu zilla panchayat, V.M. Vijaya (centre), at the KDP meeting in Madikeri on Wednesday. Vice-president Anita (left) and CEO A.B. Ibrahim (right) are also seen.  

Zilla panchayat members ask why the subject was not brought to their notice

The president of the Kodagu Zilla Panchayat, V.M. Vijaya, and other members expressed dismay and concern at the installation of ‘Terafill' filter units to provide pure drinking water to people in 38 locations in different parts of the district without this being brought to their notice, at the monthly KDP meeting held here on Wednesday.

Mr. Vijaya, who presided over the meeting, vice-president Anita, president of the zilla panchayat Standing Committee on Health and Education Manu Muthappa and president of the Standing Committee on Social Justice S.N. Raja Rao wanted the engineering wing's Executive Engineer Keshavamurthy to withhold payments to the contractor who had carried out installation of 38 such units in the district recently.

Mr. Keshavamurthy defended the works saying the units were installed to purify water wherever iron content was found to be high. Fifty-eight sites were chosen on the basis of a pilot project.

“Who ordered the installations and what is its use,” Mr. Vijaya asked as the official remained silent. Mr. Muthappa said the work was carried out without any elected representative's knowledge and it could involve irregularities.

The issue led to the other question of carrying out works relating to rainwater harvesting projects in schools in the district some time ago, with Mr. Rao complaining the projects initiated four years ago had failed to serve the purpose. Adding to this, Mr. Vijaya said it would be wise to institute a probe into the matter. The chief executive officer of the zilla panchayat, A.B. Ibrahim, said rainwater harvesting projects were completed in 221 schools, of which only six were functioning: four in Madikeri taluk and two in Virajpet taluk. Efforts were on to revive the defunct ones beginning with 67 schools in Madikeri taluk, Mr. Ibrahim said. Mr. Muthappa wanted to know from the official the total amount spent on those projects and why the school managements had failed to maintain them, suspecting large-scale irregularities in the deal. Mr. Ibrahim stated that if the members agreed, a probe could be initiated.

A Chamundeshwari Electricity Supply Corporation (CESC) official received flak for the tardy progress in implementation of the Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana covering BPL families in Kodagu. Mr. Vijaya rapped the official when he stated unavailability of labourers and materials in time were the reasons for the delay.

The compliance report furnished in the meeting said that of the 293 villages and hamlets taken up under the project in Kodagu, 40 villages had been electrified covering a total of 2,852 beneficiaries so far.



  • ‘Terafill' water filter units were installed in 38 different locations in the district
  • They were installed to purify water wherever iron content is high, says engineer

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