KARNATAKA

ZP to prepare drinking water action plan

Lakshman Savadi

Lakshman Savadi  

Special Correspondent

GULBARGA: Cooperation Minister Lakshman Savadi has directed the district administration and the zilla panchayat to prepare a detailed action plan to tackle the drinking water crisis during summer.

Speaking to presspersons after the quarterly review meeting of the Karnataka Development Programme here on Tuesday, Mr. Savadi said the officials had been asked to prepare a list of villages that were likely to face a drinking water problem and prepare plans to tackle the situation.

He said instructions had been issued to take up maintenance of all borewells and water schemes in the district and also repair dysfunctional borewells. “We have given a free hand to the Deputy Commissioner and the chief executive officer on sanctioning new borewells,” he added.

Mr. Savadi said ongoing drinking water projects taken up under the Swajaladare scheme and the Rajiv Gandhi Technology Mission should be expedited.

On the problems faced by sugarcane growers in the district, he said he had discussed the reluctance of private factories to accept cane with the authorities of the Renuka Sugar Factory and had requested them to cooperate without fail. The factory authorities, who expressed their inability to take up cutting operations in Aland and Afzalpur taluks due to shortage of staff, have agreed to pay cutting and transportation charges to farmers bringing sugarcane to the factory. “Farmers should take up cutting of sugarcane and transport them to the factory,” Mr. Savadi said.

“I have told the factory authorities that it is their responsibility to crush all available sugarcane. Farmers can also supply sugarcane to the Ugar Factory in Jewargi taluk, which has also agreed to pay cutting and transportation charges,” the Minister said. He said efforts were being made to reopen the Aland Cooperative Sugar Factory by leasing it out. A Bangalore-based sugar company had come forward to take it over.

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