KARNATAKA

Hubli to get water once in six days

Staff Correspondent

HUBLI: Expressing their inability to provide drinking water to the residents of Hubli once in five days, officials of the Karnataka Urban Water Supply and Drainage Board have promised to supply it once in six days.

The assurance came from the KUWSDB officials after they were taken to task by councillors and others at a meeting on Friday held under the chairmanship of Gourav Gupta, Deputy Commissioner, which was called to discuss the worsening water supply situation.

As the meeting began, councillors cutting across party lines lambasted the KUWSDB officials for inefficiency. Prahlad Joshi, MP, Jagadish Shettar, MLA and President, BJP State unit, joined them.

The councillors alleged that though the officials claimed that water is being supplied once in five days, in many areas the residents get water once in six to eight days.

At this juncture, one of the senior officials of the Board, tried in vain to give an explanation. Mr. Gupta, reprimanded him and asked the officials to stick to what they announced.

Demand

The councillors demanded that the Board be specific about the schedule of water supply and were critical of supplying water at midnight. In the end, the officials promised that water will be supplied to Hubli once in six days and Dharwad once in five days. Mr. Gupta asked the officials to take steps to supply borewell water during the six days and directed them to dig more borewells and take steps rejuvenate the existing ones.

He asked Board and the Hubli-Dharwad Municipal Corporation to work in tandem to streamline the water supply system in the twin cities. Before this, he enquired about the condition of water supply in the wards of each councillor and invited suggestions from them in improving the system.

Both Mr. Joshi and Mr. Shettar attributed the failure of the water supply system to lack of coordination and improper maintenance. Mr. Joshi suggested that the four Ministers representing the undivided Dharwad district prevail upon the Chief Minister and get cabinet approval for a comprehensive project which would end the water scarcity.

A.M. Hindasgeri suggested that a separate meeting under the chairmanship of the Chief Minister be convened to evolve a comprehensive plan to solve the problems once and for all. Basavaraj Horatti, Minister for Science and Technology, P. Manivannan, Commissioner, HDMC, Mangalgowri Agnihotri, Mayor, were present.

Coordination Committee

Later speaking to presspersons, Mr. Gupta, said that the State Government has been requested to set up a coordination committee for KUWSDB to ensure regular water supply to the twin cities.

A comprehensive plan is being prepared by the Board and the help of the World Bank is being sought, he said.

He said that that there is no financial crunch for the projects relating to water supply as the State Government has assured enough help in this regard.

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