Plan to tackle water shortage ready

Staff Correspondent

‘Rs. 2 crore has been set aside to implement it’

Work on schemes at three villages to begin soon

Officials told to take steps to repair borewells

BELLARY: A contingency plan to tackle the drinking water problem in the district during summer is ready and Rs. 2 crore has been set aside to implement it, according to Anthony Mendonca, Chief Executive Officer of the zilla panchayat.

Responding to questions by presspersons here on Saturday, he said that the problem was not acute in the district now. Officials had been instructed to take steps to repair borewells and lay pipelines where ever there was water shortage. Funds had been set aside for the purchase of motors to operate the pumps to supply drinking water.

Mr. Mendonca said that work on three drinking water schemes at Kuditini, Kurgodu and Mariyammanahalli under the Rajiv Gandhi scheme would commence soon. Owing to certain problems caused by the Karnataka Land Army Corporation, the the work did not progress. The zilla panchayat cancelled the work order and asked the zilla panchayat’s engineering division to complete it.

Meanwhile, the zilla panchayat approached the State and the Union governments for approval to the revised estimation. Accordingly, the proposal had been accepted and Rs. 5.5 crore had been released, he said.

He said action was being initiated against erring officials and staff of the zilla panchayat. Action had been initiated against 26 staff members for dereliction of duty and charge-sheet against 26 employees more would be issued soon.

With regard to the implementation of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Programme (NREGP), he said that as against the target of spending Rs. 10 crore by April, Rs. 3.5 crore had been spent.

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